Taking a Break from Writing can be a Good Thing

takingabreakfromwritingcanbeagoodthing

Today, I’m going to do a different kind of post. I wanted to write about something close to my heart: writing.  I don’t know if this will become a normal thing, but here it is!

As I’m sure that many of you know, I am a writer. I would’ve never imagined myself saying that a couple of years ago. I absolutely hating writing into my early teenage years. Wow. That makes me sound old. Early teenage years? I dreaded writing.

Now, it is one of my favorite things to spend time on. Though, to tell the truth, it isn’t that way all the time. Sometimes, honestly, a lot of the time, it feels like work. It feels like something that I literally want to pull my hair out over. But I still do it. I still keep coming back to it. I don’t give up on it. Even if I push it aside for awhile, eventually, it draws me back. It won’t let me go, because, in my heart, I still love it.

But there are those times where you hit a wall with your writing. Where you’ve lost all motivation to write or where you don’t know where to go with your story or any other of that endless list of problems.

At times like that, sometimes you just have to push yourself forward, to keep typing out those words. And hopefully, eventually, you’ll get past that wall. I do that a lot. No matter how bad it is, I push myself forward, one word at a time. I don’t let myself quit. Even if the words are terrible, I kept going. I knew that eventually I’d get past it and it would be fine. Later, I could edit all those terrible words.

Sometimes though, pushing yourself forward is not the best path to take. Sometimes, it’s better to take a step back away from whatever you’re working on and take a break. Yes, I’m saying it is good to take a break. Is that shocking? Coming from me, I have to say that it is. I’m one of those people who feels immensely guilty about taking breaks. I feel like I should always be doing something, even if it is something like reading a book or watching a tv show. To me, at least I’m doing something. So to take a break is a hard thing for me to do.

But here I am to tell you that it is a good thing to take breaks. We need breaks. Our bodies aren’t meant to go on and on and on and to never stop. There’s proof of that in the fact that God, after creating this universe, rested. He’s God. It’s clear that He didn’t need to rest. But He did. And I believe that was for our benefit.

So remember to take breaks. Taking a break could give you a new perspective on your writing, and in the end, help your writing be much better than if you just pushed through with it. Taking a break could also help you get inspired. Lately, I’ve been taking a “bit” of a break from writing. I’ve spent time doing other creative things like sketching and reading and journaling and even starting to write a fan fiction for fun. It has just been just so refreshing and inspiring. I know that once I get back to actually working on my novel it will be a bit easier than before when I was just trying to push myself to make that word count everyday.

If you need a break, take it. You won’t regret it. Trust me.

-G. Paige

 

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What’s Your Motivation to Follow Christ?

 

 

What's Yourto Follow Christ?As a Christian, with Christian parents, I can not tell you how many times I have been told to do what’s right. Told to “be kind”, “be honest”, “be loving”, “be thankful”, and the list goes on and on. Or I’m told not to do what’s wrong. Told to “not be mean”, “not to lie”, “not to be ungrateful”, and I think you get the gist of what I mean. I even find myself saying these exact things to my siblings.

The Bible also tells us to do what’s right and not to do what’s wrong.

Galatians 5:25

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

And the Spirit’s leading is:

Galatians 5:22-23

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Now my point is not to say that this is bad. No, definitely not. It’s good to be reminded of what’s right and what’s wrong. Especially since we, as human beings, seem to forget things so easily (Just look at the history of the Israelites for proof.).

But when we decide to do the “right thing” or the “wrong thing”, what is our motivation behind that decision? More to the point, why are we following Christ?

Is it because we’re told to?

Is it because it is right?

As children when we’re told to do or not to do something by our parents, we obeyed. And all the explanation we ever need to obey is because our parents told us to (or maybe because we also didn’t want to get into trouble). But as we got older and smarter many of us asked the question “Why?”. Why should we do this? Why should we not do this?

And now I’m asking you again: what is your motivation behind the decisions you make? Why are you following Christ?

If it’s because it is “right”, how do you know it’s right? Well, if God’s standards are your moral compass for judging what is right and what is wrong then you are on the right track.

But because it’s “right” shouldn’t be the only reason you follow God.

The most important reason we should follow God and do what’s right is because we love Him.

John 14:23

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.

We do everything for God out of love we have for Him.

If you don’t have that love for God, it’s like doing a exercise you never want to do. How long will you keep it up until you quit?

Knowing that something is right in your head is not enough. It’s not going to keep you going. You need a reason more motivating that. Your heart needs to be in it. You have to want it with all your heart. You have to love Him.

Mark 12:30

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.

Loving Him can motivate you to do anything for Him. It is the reason that Christians can face persecution with joy.

We need to make sure that we have that love for Him, because we can never really live for Christ without loving Him first.

-G. Paige