It always amazes me the way that the sermons at our church always seem to be just what I needed. This week's sermon was about taking control of our lives. Proverbs 25:28 says, "Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control." This was the foundation of the sermon, and while I can't begin to do justice to what was said (if you click the link above you can find the sermon to watch or listen to), I'll do my best to share the gist of it. We all have things we could improve upon in ourselves, and this time of year we all vow to try, but ultimately we fail. Why do we fail? We try to do everything ourselves, so we constantly fall short, but if we ask Jesus into our hearts and listen closely he can help. While God will help if we ask for it, we still have to do a lot of the work ourselves. Part of the message was that we have to avoid procrastination and get started on making the necessary changes in our lives.
So I have started making the changes. I had actually started on Saturday with the addition of Karate to my schedule. It was a lot of fun and I hurt like hell now, but I am totally looking forward to doing it again tonight. Another planned change has been a switch to a whole foods diet starting in February. We joined an online workshop for a three-month starter course and the kick off is February 6th (You can join us here if you're interested). As part of the process my wife and I have decided to journal the experience with an emphasis on how we feel and what we eat. I've decided that I'm going to start mine now, so that I have something to compare it to later. Every evening I will try to post and we'll see how it goes.
So what changes do you need to make in your life?
Beauty That Moves
Forks Over Knives
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Well the day has come. Alone will start disappearing from my blog tonight. I'll be starting at the beginning and working my way forward. I expect that by the end of the day tomorrow there will be no more posts online. It is a bittersweet thing I do really. That being said, I am sooooo looking forward to starting on the editing process. Not touching the story for the last week has been torturous. I have spent the better part of a year working on this thing, usually every day, and to leave it alone fore a week...well you can imagine the sort of insanity it inspired.
Today I met with the writer's group I belonged too and had a great time talking about using social media as a way to get your work out to the masses. I had to start with a BIG disclaimer since I do very little the right way when it comes to self promotion. Of course as I get closer to getting the novel ready for publication I will have to do a better job at that. It really is a great group that I belong to and has an excellent mix of genres and experience. I'm really lucky to have found them. If you live in the Mooresville area let me know and I'll give you some information.
I have to admit here that I'm a little hung up on something that the editor said in my rejection letter that I received. He said, "there was much [he] liked about the story, but not quite enough to hold [him]." I was really okay with the rejection letter, but as I sat down to work on a new story for submission I kept getting hung up on that little statement. What was my story missing that might have held him? Was it too long? Should I have kept it tighter? Was it too formulaic? I don't know what the answer is and that's what's driving me batty. I have another piece I planned on submitting to the same publication. It is only a tenth of the size of the previous submission. I look at it and wonder whether or not I should ad to it or should I just let it go as it is. I'm realy uncertain and it is crippling me.
Tomorrow will be a busy day filled with church, the gym, grocery shopping and editing. Survival is totaly optional.
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