NaNoWriMo – Of Faith, Comparison, And Excellence

NaNoWriMo is that time of year when we push ourselves to finish a book in a month. We try to achieve what feels impossible, but are we doing it for the right reasons?

There is nothing wrong with setting the goal just to challenge and push ourselves to reach new levels of intensity in our writing careers. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be on the top of our game. There is everything wrong with comparing ourselves to everyone else and trying to do it all in our own power.

We write because we feel called or passionate about writing. That talent comes from our creator. Our efforts should flow out of a deep desire to be faithful with our talents and be obedient to Our Heavenly Father.

What’s wrong with the comparison game?

Competition is a lot of fun and a great way to challenge ourselves, but it shouldn’t be an all out focus of our goal. If beating everyone else is the only reason we push ourselves, then even in victory there will be some disappointment.

Don’t misunderstand me, I LOVE COMPETITION! It is fun and a great way for iron to sharpen iron.

Comparison is something altogether different. It assumes the value of a person by their output. “I’m better than you are.” It is a destructive force in our lives when we only relate our value to how much better or worse we are than everyone else.

Galatians 6:4 (NLT)

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”

2 Corinthians 10:12 (The Message)

“We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.”

NaNoWriMo With The Right Focus:

We give our best effort and recognize that God makes the little we have into something amazing.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (NIV)

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

This month NaNo your heart out! Each day praise the one who gave you the talent and the light to be amazing!

 

 

 

 

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo – Of Faith, Comparison, And Excellence

  1. JaniceG says:

    Thank you for a timely reminder of the comparison trap. Especially during the holidays as people are coming together for celebrations it seems this kind of comparing can easily happen and rob people of joy. When we see peope with more it can give us hope that God will so bless us in the future and when we see people with less then we can pray God will show us how to be a blessing to those people. I see that happening all the time with Christian writers. Those who are blessed are always sharing tips and encouraging others who are not quite up to their level. I give thanks to God for that and thanks to all the writers like you who are helping others.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving week! Blessings back to you, Janice

  2. Great post. I love that the writer’s I’ve come in contact with all want to help other writers be better. I don’t see a lot of competitiveness. Maybe it’s there, but I’m missing it. 😉

    • Michelle Lim says:

      I think a lot of the Christian writing community is great about sharing each other’s successes with Joy. The trouble often is in the quiet moment when we compare ourselves to someone else. We may not say it out loud, but we do devalue ourselves that way sometimes. I agree though, Pat. The Christian writing community is really amazing!

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