A few months ago, I got an idea for a book, and it was a good idea. It still is a good idea. However, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I have written about three pages, and that is all.
What I have done is spend hours playing with my daughters. I’ve also enjoyed countless long conversations with my wife and spent hours talking with friends in person or over the phone. I’ve led a statewide investigation at work (among other things). I’ve written numerous posts for my blog and many other articles for Boundless.org. I’ve gone to the gym every morning, five days a week; spent time reading my Bible; and celebrated a number of major holidays with family and friends.
I don’t have enough hours in the day to write a book. And that is okay.
God did not give me 36 hours in the day to live my life, which is probably what I would need to write a book. And I’m not willing to cut out time with my family and friends, drop the ball at work, or stop exercising in order to squeeze out more time for a long-term project that may or may not succeed.
I suppose I could stop writing blog posts like this one or do shoddy work for Boundless, but that’s not in my nature. A book is a dream for me, and it’s a dream I’m going to have to work towards. On the other hand, this blog and my work at Boundless are real responsibilities that I’ve chosen; and they’ve taken a lot of time and energy to develop.
Jesus said that “[h]e who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much” (Luke 6:10, NASB). Speaking of “little” things, my hard work on a little, dinky blog led to an opportunity to have feature article over at Boundless, which eventually led to an opportunity to have more feature articles and a regular spot as a blogger there. Consequently, my dinky blog grew into a more legit blog, and my writing for Boundless turned into a couple of speaking opportunities. And above all that, I got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend time with my wife, daughters, family members, and dear friends. I don’t need a book to validate me any further.
Don’t get me wrong. I would still enjoy writing a book, but until I have more time to do a worthy job with that, I’m going to have to keep dreaming about it. When God is ready for that dream to turn into a reality, I’m sure He will provide the time and the opportunity to make that happen. Until then, I’m just going to stay faithful where I am.