A few days ago I was scouting through a magazine, trying to determine if I should submit an article to the editorial team or not. It was a tough call– the magazine sort of relates to what I do, but not completely.
I don’t think anything makes an editor lose his or her will to live faster than a submission that has nothing to do with their publication, just so you know. So if you write poetry about unicorns and fairies, don’t submit your work to the car magazine. Your submission will be pinned up on a bulletin board next to the water cooler where the entire staff will throw ratchets at it when they’re bored.
I’m guessing, but probably not wrong.
At any rate, I was speed-reading through the articles to get a feel for what they had to say, and I came across a short piece about marriage. This article had a little suggestion to wives. It said that maybe our husbands would appreciate it if we took the initiative and planned a date night every once in a while.
It’s been about forever since I planned a date night. That’s Eric’s job because I gave birth to the children. (I use this excuse for everything.) But then I thought, Heck! He’d probably like knowing that I’d like to spend time with him! I texted him and asked him out.
He said yes.
The kids are old enough to stay home alone for a few hours, so we went by ourselves to eat grownup food and have a conversation. This was a joyful experience, indeed.
But wait, I have a point here. The writers of that magazine article took the time to carefully craft an article and then they released it to the wind. One small thing they said caught my eye, I took it to heart, and put it into action. Will I email them and tell them? No! Even though I’m a writer who thrives on feedback, I still don’t plan to tell them. Even writers worry about sounding like weirdos to other writers.
They aren’t going to see the fruit of their hard work, but there is fruit.
So many of us are working hard and aren’t seeing the results. We’re wondering if there’s any point in continuing. Maybe our time could be better spent in a new ministry or job, we think.
Or maybe the fruit is lying just outside where we can see it, nourishing people we’ll never meet.
…We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. (Colossians 1:9b-10, NLT)