If you’ve been reading our Sunday Edition posts in August, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the Olympics. I love hearing the behind the scenes stories from the athletes. Most of the athletes have overcome amazing odds and worked incredibly hard in their training regime to reach the elite level and represent their country in their chosen sport.
The two weeks of competition had big highs and lows, depending on your perspective. Both elation and disappointment was experienced when athletes either achieved their personal bests or suffered unexpected setbacks. The common denominator was the desire for all athletes to finish the race. The biggest disappointments happened when circumstances prevented an athlete or team from finishing and completing their event.
I loved the co-operative way that many of the athletes helped and supported each other to perform at their best. One of the Aussie men’s decathlon athletes ran the last event, 1500 meters, and sacrificed his own performance to run alongside the other Aussie to cheer him on to win the bronze medal. This was a historic moment for Australia because we’d never won a medal in decathlon. We saw similar camaraderie in other events, including the home stretch in the men’s marathon.
The marathon race reminded me of the writing community. Writing a book can feel like running a marathon. The end of the book can seem like a long way off in the distance. Putting words on the page can feel like a sprint with the word count climbing fast. Or, it can feel like a long and painful marathon with each word and sentence taking a monumental effort to write. Writing isn’t a solo sport, and we have people alongside us and resources to draw upon to help us finish our book.
I’m in a season where finishing my current book feels like a long and tough marathon. Life happens, and it’s my writing time that gets pushed off the to-do list. I could let the frustration overwhelm me. Instead, I’ll continue to persevere and trust that Jesus will carry me through this season and, in His timing, open up the time and provide the energy to finish the race and write ‘the end’.
One of my go-to Bible verses when life is challenging and writing is hard is 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV).
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
There is a bigger prize, an eternal prize, waiting for us after we finish the race. We are not alone as we work hard and struggle to overcome obstacles to achieve our goals. I love being part of the writing community. I appreciate the readers who take the time to do things, both big and small, that support authors in their writing and publishing journeys.
Are you in a season where completing a project feels like a quick and easy sprint or a long and tough marathon? If you watched the Olympics, do you have a favorite moment that inspired you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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