Straight out of high school I went to Uni and studied Communications. Whilst there were a range of career opportunities at the end of the degree, my real reason for studying communications was my interest in writing. In particular, I had hoped to be taught the techniques, necessary skills, and secrets of great writing.
To my delight, one of the subjects in my very first semester was ‘Creative Writing’. Here it was, the subject that would turn me from a hack into a great. By the end of the subject, I was still a hack, but I had learned a phrase that has stuck with me ever since, to “face the blank page daily”.
There was no shortcut to growing as a writer. It required discipline. The discipline of filling a page every day. The only way to grow was not just to write when I felt like it or had time, but to enter into the discipline everyday, knowing that some days were going to be easy, whilst others would be a grind. Yet, the beauty of the phrase was that anyone and everyone could do this. Fill a page. Each page was an opportunity to explore an idea, play with words, and at times to learn through failure. Each page was an opportunity to learn something about yourself, your strengths and weakness as a writer. Each page represented a step away from hack to great.
The discipline to ‘face the blank page daily’ is not just helpful for budding writers, but for any of us who has not ‘arrived’ in any area of life. It is true also for faith. The journey with Christ is a daily decision to seek to become more and more like Jesus.
Whilst there are many breakthrough moments, the naked truth is that it is a daily decision to follow. A daily decision to be in Scripture. A daily decision to pray. A daily decision to obey what you know. A daily decision to surrender your life to Christ.
Should you choose this course, there may well be something great ahead of you. There may well be a masterpiece in you that God is waiting to tease out. All he needs is for you to take the first small step, to ‘face the blank page daily’.