I feel like Emeril.
Concocting something delectable that others can enjoy.
But I’m not making a meal for you all; I’m writing a story.
I try to practice my craft independently of recognition. Some posts that seem to get fantastic traction are the ones I spent just a moderate amount of time on. Whereas others are often ignored and overlooked and I consider them my Magnum Opus! (Opi? since they’re plural??)
Today — after wrestling with WordPress for an hour to get my new computer up and running to be able to blog (hence the silence this week — sorry!) I finally was able to log in and I checked my site statistics.
Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing with me again and again that I’m not talking to darkness! That I’m not sharing my world, thoughts, and words with just anyone. Thank you for telling me that when you’re nursing your infant in the middle of the night, www.ithinkonpaper.com keeps you company in the wee, bleary-eyed hours. Thank you for writing me private emails to tell me how lonely you feel on Sunday mornings – it’s good to know that other people get it. Thank you for encouraging me in this. I really do feel healthiest when writing, but I still need encouragement for “butt on chair time” to actually write!
In short, and I’m rarely short, thanks for allowing me to have my Emeril “BAM!” moment tonight.
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I love that you are so vulnerable in your writing. You are so real. You say things we all feel. God has given you a gift and I am praying that He will allow you to use it to an ever widening audience. You too are RAD!
I am struck by the wisdom of the statement in one of your posts, “We do not rest from our work; we work from our rest.”
As one who tends to be consumed by my work, I am instructed by this reversal of perspective. Recently, I have been trying to slow down and intentionally plan more time for rest and relaxation in order to be more effective when I am working.
As a Christian, I am challenged by the spiritual truth contained in the statement. My interpretation is that as believers, we have the extraordinary blessing of being “at rest” with who we are and in Whose hands we are held, today and for eternity. That fact provides true purpose to our labor with value beyond measure to us and those we serve.
It is from that “rest” that we emerge each day into the daily world of our work. From there, we can express as did Eric Liddell, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
That statement has swapped my typical viewpoint as well. I don’t want to run, tired and drained into Sunday. I want to view the Sabbath truly as the beginning of my week and work out of that quiet, restful, re-creational time the rest of the week. Thanks for reading!