Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I am Thankful for Completed Projects

Over the weekend I completed an article for the Church of God Evangel. It was due last Friday; I emailed it yesterday (Monday). I sent in a minor revision today (two words added to one sentence). I am not satisfied with it and I am pleased at the same time. Overall, I think it is well written for the intended audience; it is clear, tight and covers some heavy concepts without unnecessary verbiage. There are some transitions that could be clearer. I am most frustrated with the summary conclusions; they lack the practical punch they needed. I could keep working on it for some time and never be entirely satisfied. I went over my word limit but could have used a couple of hundred more to smooth out the argument and add a few details. Perfectionism is a heavy burden to bear.

And yet it is such a good feeling to be finished with a project even if it seems imperfect and incomplete. I am not certain the extent to which this feeling is common to the human race and the extent it is a product of my upbringing. I am just thankful for it. It is especially rich when the project will potentially be a blessing to others. Writing is a ministry. I often feel God’s pleasure when I do it.

Cleveland, Tennessee
August 24, 2010


Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

And you write so well......You should do it more often. How about us quitting all our jobs and moving to a cabin in the mountains by a stream where we can write away the hours? I guess there is someone out there who would like to finance this ministry.