Day 25: Keep going

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

I'm tired of working on my book. It feels like it will never get done, that I won't have enough time, that I won't be able to discover how to tell the story as well as it could be told. I'm afraid of what people will think when they read it, and of what will happen when it releases.

This has been going on over the past week, but today I was able to work on it for 4 hours or so, and it's getting better. I haven't figured out how to know whether to rest or keep working when I get frustrated, but today working was the solution. 

Van Gogh "turned himself into an artist by acting like an artist and going through the motions by turning out mostly bad innumerable rough sketches, day and night" - Michael Michalko

I'm encouraged by this quote. If we are what we repeatedly do, then all this work will eventually end in something. It's the discipline I put in each day that counts more than big efforts with long breaks. 

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:11

What are you tired of doing today?

How can you find rest today, trusting that God will provide?