“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”
“Every day I have spent in Uganda has been beautifully overwhelmingly; everywhere I have looked, raw, filthy, human need and brokenness have been on display, begging for someone to meet them, fix them. And even though I realize I cannot always mend or meet, I can enter in. I can enter into someone’s pain and sit with them and know. This is Jesus. Not that He apologizes for the hard and the hurt, but that He enters in, He comes with us to the hard places.”
“Christians do not condone unbiblical living; we redeem it.”
“Do you see why Christianity is called “good news”? Christianity proclaims that it is an equal-opportunity faith, open to ll, in spite of the abundance of playwrights in the church who are more than anxious to announce, “There is no place for you in Christianity if you [wear an earring/have a tattoo/drink wine/have too many questions/look weird/smoke/dance/haven’t been filled with the Spirit/aren’t baptized/swear/have pink hair/are in the wrong ethnic group/have a nose ring/have had an abortion/are gay or lesbian/are too conservative or too liberal].”
“Come to it [writing] any but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”
Natalie Goldberg, Old Friend from far Away (Page 2)
“Say what you want to say, not what you think you should say. Trust what you put down, even if the editor or critic inside you says it’s wrong or you made a mistake. You have time–give yourself at least two weeks before you evaluate. For now you are working out. Sweat. Keep moving.”
- @AnIdolHeart: Friends are the family you choose. I’m thankful for how God has used friendships to grow, develop and shape me.
- @MadeleineLEngle: Inspiration does not always precede the act of writing; it often follows it. -A Circle of Quiet
- @DailyKeller: The way you live now is completely controlled by what you believe about your future.
- @bobgoff: I used to be afraid I wouldn’t make enough money; but I’m more afraid now that I won’t make enough impact
- @bobgoff: God doesn’t adopt us and tell us to take on His name; He invites us and dares us to take on His character
- @EntreLeadership: “Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” – Tim Ferris
When you label yourself as something (procrastinator, failure, etc.), excuses begin to affirm your behavior.
Choose not to let them define you.
When we know our identity before we jump into activity, we don’t have to guess how to handle the vicious lies of the enemy. Because in God we are loved, accepted, and whole. Oh, may this statement straight from God be inscribed, engraved, and tattooed in the most permanent of ways on our hearts: “Well pleased … well pleased … well pleased.”
via AUSTINKLEON.COM : BLOG + TUMBLR on 12/8/11
“Copy out things that you really love. Any book. Put the quotation marks around it, put the date that you’re doing the copying out, and then copy it out. You’ll find that you just soak into that prose, and you’ll find that the comma means something, that it’s there for a reason, and that that adjective is there for a reason, because the copying out, the handwriting, the becoming an apprentice—or in a way, a servant—to that passage in the book makes you see things in it that you wouldn’t see if you just moved your eyes over it, or even if you typed it. If your verbal mind isn’t working, then stop trying to make it work by pushing, and instead, open that spiral notebook, find a book that you like, and copy out a couple paragraphs.”
– Nicholson Baker on copying out passages of your favorite books by hand
via here we collide on 12/7/11
“A stumble may prevent a fall.”
– Thomas Fuller
3. The Wisdom of (Steve) Jobs
“Picasso had a saying. He said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
-PBS documentary “Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires,” June 1996
5. It’s not what you do that scares me, it’s what you hide. is a post from: Donald Miller’s Blog
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
“You have the perfect amount of time each day for the things that matter most to you. The trick is figuring out, what matters most.
Conflict serves your life.
We can make our plans
but the Lord determines our steps.
Words and Photo by Jon Acuff