Life, Faith & Running
". . . let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
(Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
(Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
A few friends and I were discussing how we really needed to commit to writing more down about what is going on in our lives and process what God is doing in our souls. Writing is a very hard discipline to stick to, especially when one doesn’t have an audience (and most of us really don’t want one). As I was mulling over our dilemma of how to hold each other accountable to taking time to write as a weekly or monthly practice, I realized what we needed was a writing club. And well, if you are going to put a club together, why not have some rules to go with it.
So, I channeled my inner-junior high brain, along with my administrative-teacher-mom modes and created the following rules for our Secret Society of Housewife Writers.
Enjoy! Laugh! Share with a friend. Then go start a writing club with some of your favorite people. If necessary, steal these rules to get your club going.
10 Rules of the Secret Society of Housewife Writers
You learn a few things about yourself as you age. What you actually like. What you don’t like. Who you are. Who you aren’t. All things you would really have liked to have known earlier to avoid all those awkward decisions made in adolescents and young adulthood. But the test of time is necessary for sifting through what is true about you. As C.S. Lewis once said,
“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”
Yet, God is the best definer of our identity because he created us. And it takes time to build a relationship with him that is deep enough and strong enough to enable your heart, mind and soul to differentiate between what is true about how God made you, and what isn’t true about you that others or society have led you to believe defines you.
Can you relate?
Pause, and consider: what are some aspects of your personality or passions that you didn’t realize were a big part of who you were made to be until later in life?
One of those little parts of me that I didn’t realize was in me until my mid-thirties and placed in a few different disorganized working environments was this quirky love for policies, procedures, flow-charts and definitive processes. I don’t necessarily like to read them. But I do enjoy writing them. And I love examining how they can be tools used to enable a team or individuals to operate confidently and grow within a specific organization or group.
You don’t have to tell me I am strange. I know it. I own it. And someday maybe I will even get to use my love of policies, procedures, flow-charts and definitive processes for the glory of God and the love of his people. But for now, I am using it to humor myself and you. I wouldn’t say satire is my go-to writing style, but using it now and then keeps my soul in the right place.
I believe God authored humor so that we could know and experience joy through laughter. Don’t forget to add a little satire to your life just for the fun of it. As comedian, Ken Davis, always says, "Lighten up and live." Perhaps writing is just the activity for that. Why not at least try it out and see.
Give it a try and share with me your best satirical rule for life, writing, parenting or another challenging aspect of your life. A little humor just might help you approach it differently.
Her family and friends know her as, Jaci. She is the wife of a pastor, a mom of four, writing and communications education instructor, a visionary and an avid runner. As a firm believer in the power and effectiveness of the body of Christ united together to live out the Great Commission, she holds fast to this verse, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). Of equal importance to her are these words, "...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).
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