I’m not going to blog today about goals or resolutions. I’m not going to blog about the New Year or forgetting the past. I’m not even going to blog about motivation.
I’m going to be blunt.
For unspoken reasons, my husband and I chose to leave our church of six years and search for a new church family. Not an easy feat. Not a pleasant one. Not one I relish in any shape or form. Not one I’d wish on anyone.
First I circled all the possibilities in the newspaper and followed up with a run-through their websites. Then I checked their statement of faith, what ministries they offered and the times of the services. Finally, I picked one. A sort of random choice.
“We can’t even do a drive-by, “my husband said as we turned down the dead-end road surrounded by orange groves this morning.
“It’ll be fine, “I said. But I admit my heart beat harder. Only one other car arrived as we did. Everyone else was already inside. Hopefully someone would show us where the bathroom was and hand us a bulletin.
I don’t really like new situations but find myself in them more often than not. The funny thing is—I always come through them. Sometimes a little wiser. Sometimes a little stronger.
I’ve met many people who are just like me today. Walking into a new career as a writer. Unsure of their surroundings or expectations. Should they write articles first? Should they dive right into a novel? Should they start a website as well as a blog?
It can be really scary starting this new career. Scary trying anything new.
Within a minute, the pastor and several other members of the church greeted us. They showed us the bathroom, handed us a pen and a bulletin and made sure we knew about all the upcoming activities.
I forgot to be nervous because family surrounded us.
2010 can be the year you throw off your fears, dive into your dream of writing. But please remember—we’re all family here. Just grab hold.
How were you blessed last year from the writing community?