A year ago I wrote here about doing some study in 2010. I actually ended up doing a full time load of subjects at a Bible College in a nearby town. Several times during the year I did question my sanity because I also work part-time, which is actually half-time, as a librarian. Looking back on 2010 I wonder how I managed it. Then I look at this blog over 2010. Prior to 2010 I averaged 148 posts on my blog per year. In 2010 I posted 136 times. More revealing is the fact that I was averaging 37 book reviews a year and in 2010 I only wrote 21 book reviews. Furthermore I have done next to nothing in regard to the book I am writing. When I get busy the first thing to go is my writing/reading. Yet I feel my writing should be a priority. It is a gift that I need to spend time developing. Writing book reviews is not critical to my goals but reading helps me to think new thoughts and inspires me with new ideas.
This year, 2011, I have decided to complete the course of study that I commenced last year which again means a full load of subjects. However I will be doing about a third of it by correspondence. This gives me the opportunity to pace myself better and I am already doing one subject over the summer. It also means if things get too hectic I am not committed to finishing in 2011.
I have also resolved that other things in my life have to go before the time I spend writing. This is hard to do. It seems everything in my life demands my attention except my writing. Thoughts do not demand to be written down. Books do not demand to be read.
I am reminded of Jesus at the pool of Bethesda: “Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years” (John 5:3-5). Jesus healed the one but left the others. He didn’t meet every need that confronted him. Likewise neither can I. This year there are some needs, some demands, that I will be leaving undone in order to do the things that God has called me to do.