Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes

I relieved the nursery caregiver during the children’s naptime. For a few minutes, I rocked beside a little girl asleep on her mat. I glanced down to see one little eye peeking up at me. The other opened and together they blinked away dazed confusion.

I smiled and kept rocking. The little girl’s eyelids heavied. She pulled her blanket up over her eyes, and returned to peaceful slumber.

I’ve done that before. I’ve believed, “If I can’t see the monster, it’s not really there!” And I have closed my mind to scary possibilities, believing if I shut my eyes and squeeze them tight, the danger disappears.

If I can’t see the monster, it’s not really there!

Obviously, in real danger, that way of thinking doesn’t work, but when it comes to writing for publication, it’s a downright good idea. Many times I’ve been on a roll, writing pages and pages and pages, when into my subconscience creeps a great big, ugly monster: Fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of acceptance. Fear of insignificance. Fear of importance. A dichotomy of desire and doubt that halts my progress and tempts me to hit DELETE.

So I close my eyes to the monster. Because, you know what? It’s not really there! Fear is a perception. It’s an emotion. It’s a deceiver. It’s Satan’s trick to prevent me from accomplishing God’s goals. If I let it scare me into quitting, I will make no impact on the world at all. I will not “go into all the world and make disciples” with my writing. I will not be a “good and faithful servant.” I will be serving the wrong master.

Next time that big, ugly Fear monster creeps up on you, do what I do. Go ahead and pull the wool up over your eyes!


Bethany from Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom said...

This is a GREAT post! Of course, I thought that when I first read it from my Google reader :-), but didn't take the time to come over here & say so. My bad! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I just discovered the Hip Homeschool Hop & actually got quite a few hits from it. Gotta let go of my scared & get writing!! You can do it, too!!!!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I am enjoying this blog today. I will make the pumpkin soup, I will follow the writing recipe and I really will look for the book about the lady in China. Great posts.

Jodi Whisenhunt said...

Thank you, Rosemary! So glad you're having a good time! Enjoy the recipes :)

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