Part 2 of my look at New Year’s resolutions was published on Burnside Writers Collective yesterday. In part 1, I asked “Does God Laugh at Our Resolutions?“ Now in part 2, I look at “Christian Resolutions.” It starts:
I’m tempted to write a satire called Christian New Year’s Resolutions. It would go something like this:
- Pray without ceasing. Ever.
- Don’t watch secular television.
- Become a physically fit Proverbs 31 woman.
- Read the bible every day and nothing besides it.
- Go to church every Sunday.
Is there such a thing as Christian New Year’s Resolutions?
You can read the rest on Burnside.
I started to have some self-doubt about my writing–this piece included but writing in general–and I’m so encouraged by the comments I received on this article.
Larry Shallenberger, author of the books Divine Intention: How God’s Work in the Early Church Empowers Us Today and Lead the Way God Made You, said, “If there were a “like” button, I’d have pushed it.”
Diane Nienhuis, a Burnside writer and food blogger whom I met at the Festival of Faith & Writing at Calvin College (she picked me up at the airport, she’s so sweet!), wrote, “Well said, Stephanie! Beautiful!” She also shared some of her own resolutions.
Michael D. Bobo, who tackles a highly controversial work of art in his thought-provoking piece “Ants on a Crucifix,” currently featured on Burnside, and as it turns out writes the Claremont Christianity Examiner, which is in the California town where I went to undergrad (small world!), said, “Thanks Steph for getting us back to the basics in 2011.”
And, my editor, Jordan Green, said, “This is tremendous, as if that would be a surprise coming from Stephanie.” Wow. Jordan recently cowrote the book Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture and just wrote what is probably the most thorough review of the new IFC show Portlandia there is. Incidentally, I once met Jordan in Portland. (We did not Kombucha tea.) (PS. Check back here tomorrow for a bit of trivia on the Greek influence on Portlandia.)
Anyway, the reason I mention all this is two-fold:::
1. To show my appreciate for the comments I received, I wanted to promote what all these other talented writers are doing. Check out their links. Buy their books. Leave nice comments for them. They deserve it.
2. To encourage writers who struggle with self-doubt. As I mentioned, I was plagued by insecurity and almost deleted the article. Sometimes my writing is bad. That’s the way it goes some days. But sometimes, and I suspect this is true for other writers as well, my writing isn’t as horrible as I imagine it to be. Sometimes, it might even resonate with someone. And that’s why I write.