The Writing Boss
by Tina Yeager
(1 Corinthians 9:25).
The mattress gripped my iron-stiff limbs, drawing my heavy core deep into the memory foam. Crimson digits glared at me from the alarm clock, declaring the morning hours’ imminent demise. Unable to justify my existence if I failed to get up, I heaved my creaky form over the bed’s edge. And collapsed into a prayerful heap on the carpet.
Help. I’ve fallen. And I don’t really want to get up.
I drifted in and out of prayer-focus until my legs grew numb. After a few stretches, I dragged myself upright to search for caffeine. But mud-thick java and self-reproach failed to motivate my creative muse.
Aches wrenched my neck. Complaints of fatigue spun through my mind. I didn’t feel like writing.
Gremlin-like distractions detoured my way to word-crafting. Do the laundry. Clean the kitchen. Pay the bills. I didn’t even enjoy the tasks which tempted me, but the unseemly temptations jammed themselves like crowbars into the space I’d left empty. As I stared at the blank page on my computer screen, a warfare principle drifted into my mind.
Anything can leverage power in an available vacuum. I had neglected to declare who had authority over my schedule. I decided to close my vulnerable time gaps and seal them with spiritual discipline and commitment.
Each day, I must acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s rightful position as my boss and commit myself to show up for work. He directs my schedule with objectives related to His mission. After our regular meetings, we act to accomplish our goals together.
I no longer want to treat my purpose with less respect than a secular career. For the call to word-crafting is sacred, and my Supervisor deserves faithful work. Whether my flesh feels like writing or not, I intend to show up for Him on time and trust His Spirit to join me there.
Jesus, You are the Word made flesh. Equip my spirit to resist the temptation of my weak flesh. Discipline me through Your Spirit. Strengthen and anoint me to serve Your purpose well. Sustain me on this journey that You and I may fulfill Your mission and deliver Your message together. Amen.
Award-winning author, speaker, and licensed therapist, Tina’s passion is to offer encouragement through spoken and written messages. Unloveable, releasing 2019, champions women’s significance. She enjoys writing nonfiction and speculative fiction while coaching online clients. Tina mentors five chapters in four states with Word Weavers International. Come visit her for a virtual cup of java at tinayeager.com.