Showing posts with label #football. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #football. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Christian Writer's Goal

 We will accomplish little unless we set goals. At the beginning of the year, the beginning of a month, the beginning of a week, all are great goal setting times. Today, we will focus on goals for writing, but the same criteria works whatever you do.

 
Success requires goal setting
A shot will be way off target unless we know where to aim. If a sailor shoots a torpedo at the enemy but doesn’t set coordinates, the weapon might return to start. We can’t measure our progress if we don’t know which way we’re to travel.


A goal motivates us,
guides us,
and inspires accomplishment.

 
What is the criteria for a God-ordained goal?

Isn't that what Christian writers should be aiming for? 

 

 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

                               Psalm 127:2

 

 

After the Israelis return from captivity in Babylon, Nehemiah set out to build a wall around Jerusalem. Enemies jeered and vandalized. Nehemiah set guards over the work even while they built. Working to follow God’s instructions, the Israelis built the wall to God’s glory despite all opposition.
 
 
A wide receiver is the goal of the quaterback

 

 
Writers face rejection, loneliness, deadlines, and balancing family, promotion, and writing. No one said it would be easy. We need a goal. But, if we're Christians, not just any goal; a God-ordained goal.

 

 

To please God with our writing, we should ask these questions.

 

Is what I write pleasing to God?

Do I spend enough time or too much time on writing?

Do my written or spoken words lift others up?

Do I do or say anything that offends?

 

 

Apply these same principles to any activity or career? Remember, if God doesn’t build the house, we labor in vain. If we work just for money or fame, without bringing glory for the Lord, it won’t last.

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Three Ps of Success

Are you trying to lose weight?
    A hundred pound loss begins with the first pound. Have you talked to God about it?


Are you beginning a writing career?
    Whether this is your first book or your fifteenth, furthering a prospering writing career takes hard work.


Is your new football season beginning?
    High school around Texas including Leonard, TX where my grandson plays are beginning their 2015 football season with two-a-days before school starts.


Whatever your goal, success comes through three P words.




Preparation  To insure success in losing weight requires a mental change, a physical turnaround, and a spiritual search.


1. Seek God. Read His Word. Pray for His guidance for what to eat, what exercise to do, which meeting is right. Set aside a place and time to commune with the Lord, daily. (Spiritual search)
2. Join a support group. Dwell on the positive. Visualize yourself at a smaller size. Get your mind off the food and on to other things that interest you. (Mental change)
3. Purchase fruits, veggies, lean protein, low fat dairy, and healthy oil. Rid your pantry and refrigerator of trigger foods by giving them to others or throwing them away. Buy a notebook and keep it handy to journal. Find recipes and favorite restaurant menus and pick out low fat choices you like. (Physical turnaround)



Patience  If you lose slowly, or have a gain, patience can save you from giving up. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is patience. Ask God for that fruit to be active in your life. Keep doing what you've been doing, and God will give the success.



Perseverance  Continue to follow the first two Ps over the long haul. Prepare weekly. Have patience when you can't see the results. Keep going. Don't give up. 



Those same three Ps can be applied to any other goal.

To be successful at a writing career:

Preparation  Go to writing conferences and workshops. Network with other authors. Take online courses about writing. Read writing craft books and books in your own genre and genres you don't write.
My debut novel 

Patience  I recently read an article about "Why I Am Glad it Took Me 11 Years to Get Published." The longer the process takes, the better our writing gets. Have patience and know that you are growing, so it's all good.

Perseverance  Write every day. Write after your work is rejected. Take the suggestions and corrections given by critique partners, agents, or editors. Improve. Grow. Don't quit.


What about those beginning a football season?


Preparation That's what two-a-days is all about. Preparing and improving before the games begin.


High school game with my grandson & son-in-law coach along with my daughter and granddaughter.

Patience Other teams are good, too. We're human, so we mess up. Good football players learn from their mistakes and remain patient for the next opportunity to get it right.



Perseverance Keep working. Keep improving. Be ready for the next game. Keep on keeping on.