Thursday, February 4, 2010

Putting It Out There

My buddy, Jon (and I use that term so very loosely because a) I have never met Jon and b) Jon has absolutely no idea who I am in the entire universe), when he's not busy selling his new book that comes out in April, has some funny and profound things to say.

You'd think I'm a stalker for as many times as I've linked to Jon here. But I'm not. Because I don't even read every single one of his posts--there are too many. And, besides, he's way too young for me from what I can tell.

But dear Jon does make me think, as one of his recent posts really did. In fact, I can't get it out of my mind, so I thought I'd just hash it out here, if you don't mind.

In this post, Jon talks about finding the one thing you're "made" to do. He suggests that you're probably getting warm if you find the one thing that satan (he uses the small "s" for satan because he says that's the "middle finger of grammar"--a phrase that has made me chuckle more than twice over the past few days) constantly tries to divert you away from. It's the thing that satan tries to keep you from doing because ". . . he only attacks things that matter."

So Jon, in his much-more-humorous-than-me way, gets his readers to think about what exactly satan doesn't want them to do. And then challenges them to just do it. Because it's what satan-with-a-small-"s" wouldn't want.

And it got me to thinking about the thing I always have on my mind--writing my story, as weak and mundane as it might be. But it's there, always there, in my mind and in my heart. But it's also the thing that I so easily put on the back burner, probably because it's just the thing that satan doesn't want me to do.

Jon's post got me to thinking that if I put it out here, as I've just done, and let all of you know that this "thing" that I think I'm supposed to do is the one "thing" that I so easily put off until it's the last thing on my list, that maybe . . . just maybe . . . a few of you might pray that I would have the strength and the courage and the determination to actually put that thing on the front burner. To make it #1 on my list of things to do today.

And so I'm throwing out a challenge to myself and to you. My challenge is that, starting next week, I will work on my story for two hours a day, five days a week, for a month. At the end of four weeks, I'll report back and let you know what God has done.

My challenge for you is to pray for me. And if you are willing to do that, would you kindly send me an email ( letting me know? I would appreciate it more than you could ever imagine.

Who knows? Maybe I'll have a little more discipline at the end of four weeks.

And maybe I'll have so much more.



  1. Shelly, I followed your links to Jon's site and read today's post as well as the one you alluded to. He is hilarious and profound at the same time. Thanks for introducing me.

    As for finding that "it" thing, I think he's right on target. Just this morning I had a discussion with my best friend about my writing, a discussion we have about once a month actually. The one where she tells me again that I am a good writer and God has obviously called me to write. The one where I tell her how inadequate I feel about the whole thing and she tells me that is all a tool of the enemy. Bingo.

    I bet you have the same conversation with someone about once a month too :)

    Get to writing girl! You are a good writer and if God has given you a story to tell, then you need to ignore whatever tactics satan has used on you and start writing it down. I've been so much better in 2010 (woopee!) than I had been before about writing each day. It feels good. It's hard, but it feels good. I fight satan tooth and nail most days to get it done, but I usually win. You will too.

    I'll be praying for you Shelly. I really, really will.

    Love ya girl!


  2. Aw, Kay, that is EXACTLY the kind of encouragement I needed to hear. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks, especially for your prayers. Love to you, too!

  3. I have been wanting to do something for a while now...and I've just begun doing it...but I've noticed that satan tries to attack my confidence in this area or make me question whether I'm good enough. It's a daily fight!

    I pray that you will do what you are meant to do!

  4. I'm going to pray! I want to read your story. Everyone has one and it's important. Not one other person on earth is like you. Amazing.