Do you have a big project that you’re trying to finish before the end of the semester, the year, or the decade?
Maybe it’s a big paper at the end of the semester, or to graduate from college. Maybe you signed up for the Bible in a Year program and, like me, have fallen off the wagon a bit. Maybe you have big plans for your career or grad school or writing a book. Maybe you’re working up to sharing Christ with a friend.
I recently read an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about working on a writing project: Scholarly Writing Hacks
The idea is that you have to set aside a time every day to write, and that you need encouragement from other writers to keep you going. Then you will achieve success and come out with at least a solid draft of your paper/book.
About a year and a half ago I finished my biggest writing undertaking: the Dissertation. Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuuuun.
I can’t say that I purposefully did any of these tricks, but looking back on it I can see that I did try to write a little most days and I did have others to talk to about it with. So maybe it does work. Maybe I’ll try it out on my next paper!
The point that really struck me about this though is that these tricks would work for anything – not just writing.
If you’re trying to read the Bible in a year, setting aside time to read every day is important. Otherwise, you’ll never make it. And if you’re trying to finish a big paper, putting if off until the last days WILL NOT WORK!
In either of these situations, you need people around you to encourage you, keep you going, and give you guidance.
It works for scholarly writing, and it works for being a Christian.
You can easily see in the Bible that there are many references to the need for community and accountability partners. Like in Hebrews 10:24-25 -
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
I don’t know about you, but I definitely have days that I would like to just relax and be lazy… not calling that friend to check on her, or not keeping up with my Bible reading.
I also have times when I struggle to make the right decision, or need some help deciding what to do. And that is where community comes in!
I hope that everyone here at ETBU has found a sense of community and that we can lean on each other in times of need. But it’s hard to be vulnerable!
Sometimes all we can do is open up to that one special person, make sure we listen for God’s guidance, and surround ourselves with community. If we work on it every day and talk with others walking the walk we just may have a chance at finishing the biggest project of all - following God’s plan for our lives.