Letter to the Editor

Last week, after posting a blog update on my writing, I received an email from someone that I admire and deeply respect. In her email she kindly corrected a few grammatical and punctual errors that I had made.

Crap! I’ve been outed.

I don’t know about you, but for me it’s not very easy to accept being wrong. If I’m not correct or don’t have things completely figured out then I feel incompetent. It’s a sickening ride because the feeling of incompetence leads me to believe that I have nothing worthy to offer.

{Blah! Blah! Blah! Boo-hoo & enough about me.}

When I received this email it reminded me of two things:

1. I have a weakness. Don’t we all? God did not make me to be good at everything nor did he create me to care deeply about all things equally. In the case of punctuation and grammar, I do my best. I subscribe to Grammar Girl and read books like Eats, Shoots, & Leaves where author Lynne Truss describes her tribe as sticklers for punctuation.

2. It’s not ALL up to me. This journey of writing a book is not supposed to be completely mine. Sure, right now I’m the one pounding my fingers to the bone. But I’ve learned that in order to finish any good work, I need to first allow God to take the lead. Once I surrender to carrying the load all by myself, He masterfully puts people in my path to help out and join in.

In appreciation of my grammatical deficiency I’ve begun a campaign that I would like to invite you to join in on. It’s a prayer request to begin praying for my future editor. This is not intended to be a joke although I’m giving you permission to laugh (a little).

My prayer is this:

May she be kind yet firm
Inspired with a clear vision
Have smiling eyes of the Irish
Speak truth, hope, and love

 

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