I wrote this blog post in 2014 for the Five Minute Friday community. Even though I published the post more than five years ago, it still reflects my writing struggles. The post highlights what I am scared of as a writer: failure to succeed and connect with readers. I journey to overcome this fear of failure as a writer. These words that I shared are still relevant to my writing life today.
I wrote: I sit out a lot of writing challenges.
I am not willing to take the chance to get my feet dirty. I am scared that life will throw me another curveball, and I will fail as a mother, wife, sister, family member, and a writer. I will disappoint and let people down.
The day dragged long because of medication that made me sleep and sent my concentration on a vacation. How am I going to meet writing challenges, even if I am willing?
I dragged through the day, and it melted away to nothingness, and failure loomed ahead. I cried out to God. I can’t walk on water, Lord, I can’t even walk another step.
Peter at least stepped out of the boat. I would cling for dear life in fear of drowning. What does my lack of willingness cost, however? Could it cost my daughter not to take chances? Could it cause a life not pointed to God?
Lord, I need to be willing to take chances, to move beyond myself, to climb, to strive, and to dream. You are my Lord, and with you, nothing is impossible as long as I am willing.
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