Season Finale

“To everything there is a season. . . “ so says the book of Ecclesiastes. And this blog is no different. At the beginning of ’09, I committed to several goals this year. Unfortunately, in the process of juggling all these ambitions, I have dropped some along the way. Of course, I may pick them back up but it’s not long before one drops again. I have learned in life that when you are overwhelmed with all the things you are juggling, you can do one of three things: you can keep doing what you’re doing with the hope that you eventually “get it,” you can juggle with less balls until you have mastered that level, or you can just quit juggling.

I have decided to juggle with less balls. Here’s the thought process: If I drop just one ball even periodically, and more than likely it’d be a different ball each time, I fail at juggling period. In other words, I may not reach any of my accomplishments or it will certainly take me longer to get there. On the other hand, if I juggle with less balls dropping none, I am a success, albeit I am a less accomplished juggler than if I were to hit all my targets in the first example but my odds are better. If I stop juggling all together, not only do I fail at juggling but I fail at even trying; failure is certain. Rhetorically, let me ask you this: would you rather invest in a long shot, a sure shot, or a dud?

I want to be a sure shot! And it is for that reason that I am regretfully postponing my blog posts. I have been focusing so much on ensuring a post three times a week that I have  neglected the writing of my book. Writing is my dream. And I have been accomplishing my dream through you, the readers of this blog. But at the same time, the true realization of a writer’s dream, at least this writer’s dream, is publication. Just like our life here on earth is a dress rehearsal for Heaven, this blog has been a dress rehearsal for publication of a book. I appreciate all of you for aiding and abetting me in testing and reforming my style through this medium. While I am not a perfect writer (and never will be), my heart is ready. And quite frankly, that is all that is needed for the realization of a  dream. A heart that is ready will let nothing get in its way. A heart that is ready will not quit or back down. A heart that is ready will not bargain for second best; it will not rest until it has reached its destination; it will not be denied.

This is not a series finale, it is merely the end of a season. I will live to blog again; you have not seen the last of Brian Shaw. In fact, it is quite the opposite. I am taking my series to the big screen if you will. I am taking my passion and purpose to a higher pursuit. Please keep your eyes peeled for the release of my “feature film” in the near future. This is not the end, it is just the beginning . . .

Oh, and if by remote chance there is a published author who has any great advice or contacts he or she would like to share, or better yet, a publisher with some interest in my work, feel free to comment now. (LOL)

To all of you fellow dreamers: I encourage you on your pursuit. Make sure you take time to pause from time to time to compare your map and your current location to make sure that you are still on the shortest distance to your destination. If so, pursue relentlessly. If not, make the necessary adjustments and get back on the road.

Please keep me in your prayers. I am working on writing a 30 day devotional. Pray that the Lord would give me wisdom and continual revelation. Pray that he would guide my pen to position words in a way that will speak encouragement and hope to a multitude of people, not for my own profit but for kingdom profit, that those far from God may be drawn into greater intimacy with the Father through the Son. Pray that He keep me ever so humble and grateful for any talent that He has blessed me with. Finally, pray that I keep “first things first,” not neglecting my own spiritual walk or my own family.

Thank You and May God Bless You Abundantly!

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11 responses to “Season Finale

  1. Come back soon and let us know when the book is done. Blessings.

  2. Libby aka Queen

    Blogger,
    May God continue to bless you on your journey of life. I support you all the way and I can’t wait until the devotional comes out. I will purchase several of them as you have been a blessing to me personally so I know what you are capable of in your writing. Peace unto you my brother in Christ. Yes there is a season and your season has come…. so be it and allow God to use you in another direction. God’s time not man’s.

  3. Augustine said this & it seems appropriate here;
    Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.

    You can do it!
    May the Lord richly bless you.
    mom

  4. See you soon

  5. Brian ~
    Thanks for checking in on my blog! I have experienced the EXACT same thing in my life in the past few months, I just didn’t realize it the way you did….in fact, I’m getting ready to go blog it right now….thanks for being honest with us, yourself, and most importantly, God. My new motto (not the best word choice…) is 1 Cor 14:40: Let all things be done decently and in order. (Coincidently, I wanted to write a devotional also – and since I’m also a photographer – I wanted to add that in somehow, and publish as an ebook…consider publishing yours as an ebook – no overhead, no publisher worries, etc – available to the world!)

    Check in with me from time to time! Blessings and congrats on following that Godly dream!

  6. Brian,

    Come back soonest to the blogosphere. You are a gifted blogger/writer. Please don’t leave us. It shouldn’t be an all or none proposition. Keep your blog going!

  7. Hey Brian…
    Checking in to see how you and your family are doing, and to see how the book is coming…

    • Sorry for the late response. We are doing great! Hope you and the family are as well?

      Thanks for checking in. The book is going ok–I lost my inspiration there for a month or two (you know, writer’s block) but I’m back working on it. How is your devotional coming along?

  8. Hey Brian! How’s it going? I know what you mean about writer’s block…I seem to have an entire building blocking me right now!

    Need to get back into it, and probably will once we get back up and going with our schooling…

    Have a great rest of the week!
    Toni

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