Friday, January 12, 2007

When you can't think

If you preach, write articles, or anything else creative you've been stumped from time to time--you need to prepare a sermon but nothing comes to your mind. Or you have a bulletin article to write but just can't get in the mood. You sit there and stare into space, or worse yet you are distracted by every little thing. What do you do when you just can't think?

A mistake the inexperienced frequently make is to wait until the mood strikes them. What most of us eventually notice is that at the eleventh hour, when you cannot wait a moment longer the mood will suddenly overtake you. We make the mistake of thinking our mood brings about certain actions, when actually it is the other way around. If you will sit down and make yourself write, even when you don't really know where to start, you will usually get it done. Our actions influence our moods much more than the other way around.

So next time you don't know what to write (like I haven't for most of this month) force yourself to sit down and begin.


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