Saturday, July 8, 2017

Avoiding the Debris of Life

by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

Snags and debris. We’re not going to make it through life without running it to one or the other … or both. 

Snags are impediments to progress … irritants, interferences, interruptions … we want to go one way and they push and prod us another, holding us back from our goals.

But debris … that’s another kind of danger that can weigh you down, pull you under, and drown you.

Snags can leave marks — a scratch here, a bruise there. Debris, however, can be lethal. Emotional debris like guilt … regret … shame … fear … they pile up on us and dishearten us. 

Best to heed Anne Shannon Monroe’s words and “Pull yourself loose and go on.” 

  • Ask for help from someone standing on firm ground — someone who sees the truth you’ve lost sight of. 
  • Recognize the debris for what it is: garbage. Nothing more, nothing less. 
  • Regain your focus. Realize you are stuck — remember where you’re headed — and start moving again. 

In Your Words: What snags have you run into recently? How do you avoid debris that stops the forward motion in your life? 


Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A women's fiction novelist with Tyndale House Publishers, Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, as well as a 2016 ACFW Carol Award Winner and a 2015 RITA® finalist. In 2016, she continued her destination wedding series published by Howard Books with You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and  Almost Like Being in Love (June). Visit Beth at


  1. Tired of having to hurry up and wait..

    1. Jennifer: I understand the "hurry up and wait" part of the writing world. I believe it's good to admit the waiting is wearing on us. It's also good not to wait alone. I hope you have found your writing "safety net": your trusted community of friends and mentors who encourage you as you walk the writing road. Who pray for you and with you -- and that you can encourage and pray for, too. And yes, celebrating others' successes while you wait for yours makes a difference. It may feel forced at first, but doing so lifts our spirits.