Save the Best for Last
I've said it a hundred times at the dinner table, 'Save the Best for Last' to get my kids to eat the hard stuff. And truthfully dessert really is the best part of a meal for me. Which is why we don't have it all that often.
But I’ve also heard it said to save something for the last forty years of your life.
We are trained in our culture to be productive, climb the corporate ladder as fast as you can. By the time we are forty (or earlier) we’re burnt out and motivation wanes. Well yesterday was my fortieth birthday, and I am starting something new.
I’ve spent my first forty years learning, growing, and experiencing life. In that time, I’ve allowed fear and depression to paralyze my desires. That desire is to write captivating stories to point people to their need for Christ.
So here we go, I am beginning sliding ‘Over the Hill’ with a wild adventure of publishing my heart and putting it out for others to see.
My anxiety is tied up in the corner making noises, but in the last ten years, I’ve felt like the slothful servant in Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). I have always written stories and poems. When I was in my twenties, I was a part of a wonderful writer’s group that really pushed me forward, and was in talks with a writer’s agent before my first son was born. Then depression and anxiety hit, and I said I couldn’t be a writer and a good mom. Then we moved to a new city, which was a very hard transition for my heart. When my next son was born and depression got worse and writing became a fleeting pastime. So here I am now, looking forward to the ride ahead.
My hope is that my last forty will be the icing on the cake.
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