|That's a picture of my Compassion girl in Kenya above my word.|
Thursday, January 1, 2015
A year ago, I ran across another blog which was talked about choosing a word for the year. I did some research and discovered this is actually rather popular. Many people, whether bloggers, Christians or random strangers on Facebook, pick a word to concentrate on in the coming year. A word which can offer support and inspiration, a word which can pull your focus back to where you need it to be.
My word for 2014 was ACCEPTANCE. I typed it up and put it on my desk for the year.
Occasionally during the past twelve months, I would look at that word and would indeed get my focus back. More often, however, I would look at it and think, “What am I supposed to do with that word again?”
As the months passed, I forgot more and more about that word on my desk. The first of October I sent my third book to my publisher, he accepted it and we began the stressful process of preparing my shoddy manuscript for publication. Though I knew it would be tight, I had high hopes for the book being out by Christmas.
And I came so close. Until I started getting emails from my publisher apologizing for there being a snag with their printer. The days dragged into weeks and the 25th of December loomed large on the calendar.
And a certain word loomed on my desk.
Then there in the mail on December 23 was a neat little package containing the proof copy of “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”. At this point, I always feel like just tossing it to the side. I don’t know if other authors feel the same way, but after all that work, it feels anticlimactic to hold your finished book in your hand.
I grudgingly opened the package, turned the book over and found three mistakes on the back cover. I was crushed. I really did want to throw the book across the room.
I don’t know why, but God had a reason for the delay in printing the book and the further delay caused by these errors (errors I should have caught on the electronic proof).
I don’t know what the New Year will bring (hopefully a case of “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days” within the next two weeks) and I don’t know what word to choose to keep me on track for the year. I do know of one word that has worked well just recently.