A Good Frustration

Handling Frustrating People Image by: JohnBell

Handling Frustrating People Image by: JohnBell

If you’ve spent any time with me, I think you would say that I’m a pretty easy-going guy on the outside. What you probably don’t know about me is that on the inside I’m often frustrated and anxious because my mind is constantly racing.

As a pastor on staff of a fast growing church, there are many irons in the fire and occasionally a few fires to put out. This week we broke ground on a multimillion dollar campus that we desperately need to continue our eight year-old ministry. (We’ve been meeting in a public school since the beginning.) I’m the staff liaison between the church, architect, and builder. The next 14 months or so will be full and exciting!

As a writer and wannabe best-selling author, I have dozens of ideas spinning through my head for blog posts, articles, essays, and books. If I stopped jotting my ideas down right now, I would have enough to write about for many years to come – maybe even the rest of my life.

My biggest challenge is making time to do all that I want to do. When I was led to enter full-time ministry in 1986, I was convicted and convinced to make the most of my time. (See the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 5:15-17.)

As my idea stack piles higher, my time doesn’t increase. I can’t expand the 24 hours that God gives me each day. I have to sleep a little. I want to spend time with my wife and family. I want to fulfill my calling at my church/job. Which means that I’m limited when it comes to having time to create.

I recently read a practical approach to writing more than one book at a time by best-selling author James Scott Bell. If you’re a writer, I highly recommend it. If you’re a creator, you can read it and substitute when he talks about writing with your interest whether it’s music, drawing, crafting, carpentry, photography, etc.

I work best with a to-do list and a schedule. One reason my writing life has been frustrating to me is because it’s always been a lot of hit or miss. It hasn’t always had a rhythm to it.

I need writing rhythm.

One of my goals today is to develop a writing schedule. Not just specifying times to write, but what to write. I’m halfway through the first draft of another novel that has me really excited. I have magazine articles that I want to submit. I have other book ideas, potential websites, and of course, the commitment to write two good posts on Q4NP each week.

Not to mention, marketing and promoting The God Robbers and other works.

It’s all good. The anxiety that I feel to get things done is a good frustration. It motivates me. It gets me up in the morning. It satisfies my passion and my soul. It gives me life.

Do you ever experience good frustrations?

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