Saying No at All the Wrong Times
“The evasion of one’s own growth,
the setting of low levels of aspiration,
the fear of doing what one is capable of doing,
Personal Confessions: My Own Whale Tale
Ten or so years into freelance writing–finally reasonably well-established– I got an inconvenient urge toward the ministry. I resisted. (I still think I was right to do so)
Then a few years later came the more compelling need to write a story about a minister who hears the voice of God and would prefer not to. I said to myself: is this what I want to do? And then I said to myself: if I turn this one down, the next one is likely to be even worse: opera singing or some such. So I wrote my first novel Revelation.
No regrets. But I also know for sure that some callings keep coming back, one way or another. Might as well figure out the best way to say yes.
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