A work in progress quickly becomes feral…It is a lion you cage in your study. As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion growing in strength. You just visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. —Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Starting a new draft has fears associated with it. Continuing with the one you’ve begun is a different matter. It has its own fears.
We will try to sing and play and pray and preach in such a way that people’s attention will not be diverted from the substance by shoddy ministry nor by excessive finesse, elegance, or refinement. Natural, undistracting excellence will let the truth and beauty of God shine through. We will invest in equipment good enough to be undistracting in transmitting heartfelt truth. — John Piper, Desiring God
I’ve always known the importance of details, but working with the production team at The Austin Stone has made the knowledge more concrete. More than that. The knowledge has been etched in sharp relief. Every detail matters, from the background visuals for a song to the timing of the words.
I believe I am called to excellence. Most other people probably do, too. I may differ, however, in the “why” of it. I pursue excellence because God is excellent. He excels at everything He does, has done, will do. Because He tells me to model my life after Him, I choose the way of excellence.
Some of my recent work has me feeling like a spinning top. Wind up. Release. Bump and clatter against floor. The top wobbles slightly, holds its center. It spins, spins, spins, whirling out new content at every turn.