Reflections: Blank screens

I think I might have a phobia of blank screens—

The thing is, when you write stories, it’s the only place to begin new ones.

See my dilemma?

I’ll admit, I stall for as long as I can sometimes, doing everything else but facing the blank screen.

I read about the story.

I think about the story.

I pray about the story.

I clean my house.

But it’s the only way. I mean, after this long, I’ve come to know that the only way to get it done is to show up and just do it.

Face the blank screen, whether it’s the literal one or the one that symbolizes new chapters in life.

It’s the only way to get the story written.

Don’t read about the story for too long.

Don’t think about it for too long.

Don’t pray about it for too long.

And, definitely, don’t clean your house for too long.

Otherwise, you might inflict yourself with debilitating promise (it’s that promise that lures you into deeper depths of expectations that never come to fruition. Your only reward is anxious despair).

Imagine the things that could be!

Who knows what lies on the other side of this frustration!?!

Am I left to face this opponent on my own, in my own strength?

If we dig just a little below those vain depths of expectations, we find the answers that we need to navigate our course successfully.

Truth still sets us free… even from a phobia of blank screens.

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Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out (Proverbs 20:5).

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