Friday, November 29, 2019

Seizing the Day—Writing When Life Spirals


by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

Are you like me? Every day starts with a list of things that have to be done? Many people can get through their day with a mental list. I’m not one of them. I need my written list. After it’s written, it needs to be prioritized.

And then stuff happens. Some are simple distractions like Facebook, Free Cell, Instagram, Twitter.

Or we discover we’re missing a vital ingredient for supper. Or the boss asks us to work late to finish a project.

Sometimes, unexpected things come up. A neighbor stops by. The car gets a flat. The sink backs up.

Let’s not forget emergencies. One of the kids gets sick and has to be fetched from school and maybe taken to the doctor or emergency room.
We only have so much time. Sometimes we can’t control what happens to it. 

But we need to work on spending our time wisely.

Every day is begging to be seized. Do we seize the day or do we let the day seize us?

I’d like to think I seize the day though my calendar and my to do list. But too often the day gets away from me.

When the day starts to unravel, there’s a scripture verse that reminds me to not lose the day by renewing my mind. Romans 12:1-2 (HCSB) reads, Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

When I let him renew my mind, the stuff circling my head, the tasks all demanding attention now, fall into order. His word sharpens my mind, heart and soul. Change will happen. Order will come.

Renewing my mind in his peace, lets him guide me into what needs to be my first priority, what can be postponed, and, believe it or not, what doesn’t have to be done at all. At least by me.

The day can still feel hectic, but it doesn’t feel out of control anymore. And the most important things get done because he’s revealing his good, pleasing and perfect will for me.

What do you do when your day threatens to spin out of control?

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Henry’s debut novel, Journey to Riverbend, won the 2009 Operation First Novel contest.

Henry edits novels, leads critique groups, and teaches at conferences and workshops. He enjoys mentoring and coaching individual writers. 

Connect with Henry on his blogTwitter and Facebook.

2 comments:

  1. Well said Mr. Henry. Like you, I make To Do lists for my To Do lists sometimes. Just yesterday, I had Thanksgiving dinner for Diane and me down to the minute. Still, I've learned two things about planning my day. Never surrender my "God time"; and always build slack or float into my schedule to allow for those unexpected "gotchas." Have a great, renewing day my friend.

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  2. Thank you, J.D. Making God time is so important. For me, it has to be first every day. Then I can handle the rest of the day with him. Blessings on you and your family.

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