God, Growing, Rejection, Risk

Growing: Encouraging Personal Growth

Unless you try to do something RW Emerson

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

***Hubby and I took a few days away, so I don’t have a regular blogpost ready for this week.

With that being said, I have been contemplating the idea behind this quote. I’ve completed three rough drafts that have the potential to become full-fledged books. If I revise and polish and submit them.

I stretched myself with the first word I wrote for my first book. I—the woman who never thought she could make up a plot, imagine up characters and dream up dialogue—wrote my first story. With a lot of help from God. And guidance from friends.

As my third story marinates for a bit, I’ve discovered a hesitancy to take it through the process to completion. I suspect I’m nurturing a fear of rejection.

So . . .

It’s time to try to do something beyond what I’ve mastered and refine this story. Pour more of myself into it and see what God does with it. If I  entrust the end result to Him, I don’t need to fear rejection or anything else. I’m going to grow as I walk through this stretching process.

What about you? What have you tried to do beyond what you’ve already mastered? What was the end result?

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7 thoughts on “Growing: Encouraging Personal Growth”

  1. Jeanne, you are amazing! I always think of God as the great “Imaginer”–able to speak things into creation. Writing is a wonderful gift–our imaginations get to “write” something into being and glorify our ultimate Creator and source of our imagination. God bless. You go, woman!

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    1. God IS the Great Imaginer, isn’t He? I love that He speaks things into creation. It’s beyond me to fully grasp His ability to do that. I think it’s pretty amazing how He gives writers stories and ideas and truths to write and share with others. Thanks for your encouragement!

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  2. I’m sure you will have that success in your writing.

    How am I going beyond? I’m preparing to abandon my search for an agent and a traditional publishing career and go the SP route. It’s not really what I want to do, but after getting some completely contradictory responses from agents, and spending a year doing rewrites on what was already a pretty decent book, I realized that I’m chasing the shadows of ghosts.

    And I don’t have another year to waste. I’m already running out of energy.

    So, we’ll see.

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    1. Andrew, knowing you, this decision wasn’t arrived at lightly. I will be praying for you as you step out into a new adventure toward self-publishing. May God give you all the energy you need to grow in this season!

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  3. One thing I did not master: playing the organ. I took two years of lessons during grade school. My parents finally gave up on getting me to practice. Now I wish I could play.

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    1. Terri, I took piano lessons for about six months in second grade. I self-taught from there, but I never got very good. It’s one of my regrets too. But, I guess it’s never too late to learn, if we want to badly enough, right? 🙂

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