You know those American Idol contestants at the beginning of the season. The ones who face the judges proudly, belt out their song - and blow America away. But not in a good way. They sound horrible! Why didn't someone tell those poor kids they can't sing? I would want someone to tell me.
As a novice author, I welcome honest critiques. Please tell me if my manuscript stinks! Only when my flaws are exposed can I work to fix them.
Well, that's what I said before I ever had my writing critiqued. In reality, critques sting! After being told my protagonist lacks complexity, I need to show and not tell, and I need to study scene structure, discouragement inevitably has ensued. These are not easy problems to fix. These "flaws" may take years of study and practice to remedy. But I want my manuscript published now!
My devotion today instructs me to come to God with my plans in abeyance. I typed the word "abeyance" into my dictionary, read the meaning, and harrumphed. I was being reminded to set my plans aside while I trust in God's plans for this day. Ironically, this is a strong message infused in my novel. Apparently this is a lesson I have yet to learn.
Thank you to Sarah Young for your devotion book entitled Jesus Calling. And thank you to my sister, Laura, for giving it to me for my birthday!
Discover God's plans for you today! And be courageous to follow!
AS the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9