Eat This Elephant! One Bite At A Time.

Happy Friday!

It’s amazing how much more respect I have for authors, the longer I’m on this journey! Just when you feel like you’re finished with most of your work in a marathon assignment… after you’ve invested 5 long years of your life to writing a book manuscript, and 6 additional months working with a 5 star editing team, then you receive the first edit back from the publisher and you are given two weeks to work though 6000 additional suggested changes! (Mostly to comply with their specific formating styles, a few minor grammar related suggestions, and referencing, but still far too overwhelming at a first glance.)

At first, I freaked out to the point of wanting to take my book back from the publisher. I explained in an email to my project manager how I felt like they were numbing down my message. I was diplomatic, but firm. Their reply heightened my fears, but I prayed over our correspondence (and the edited manuscript)… and I asked God to lift me up.

Still, I feel exhausted when I think about this additional work, but I’m riding on the new strength and encouragement I received from God through my twitter and facebook friends over the past 24 hours! Thank you all for the text messages, voice mails, and social networking messages! What a blessing. (smile)

So I took a deep breath and stepped up to the mountainous assignment. I decided to start somewhere and trust God for new GRACE. I began with the back cover text… and I finished that (small) task in 2 hours. It’s very good!

Then I did a document comparison between my original manuscript and the publishers edit. I turned on “track changes” and set a goal of finishing chapter one by this morning. Thank God, I will have it finished in the next few hours. One down and ONLY sixteen to go!

I think I’ll make it out of this first chapter with only one major author/editor disagreement, as long as she feels comfortable about the few changes I turned down and my few additions and rewrites. After going through her work for several hours, I can say that many of her proposed changes are very necessary and appreciated. She is an exceptional editor and a viable addition to the team! As long as she is flexible, she will be a tremendous blessing to this project. With God’s favor, this chapter will be as if it were written with God’s own heart and hand! I’m praying for everyone at Destiny Image this morning… that God will bless them as they continue to work on “Make Me a Legend.”

Sometimes, I consider how much more work there is for me to do over the next two weeks and I start to hyperventilate. Then I give the mountain to God and I focus on the work immediately in my face. One bite at a time, and before I know it, this elephant will be will swallowed up in victory!

Are you faced with assignments and obstacles so enormous that you cannot envision a favorable outcome? Does it seem that you cannot get to your dream from where you are standing right now?

Meditate on the words of Wayne Anson today. Here is what he wrote on my facebook wall Wednesday evening:

“Listening to the Spirit’s whispers for each edit will be more productive than a loud long wail. You’ll do great. The Spirit’s message will survive!”

Wooooosh! Now that is a word from heaven, and not just for me! Think about Wayne’s words and how they can be applied to your own circumstances! Wow.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NLT)

Your thoughts?

Here is a great song for this moment: Britt Nicole, Hanging On.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX7J0KUyO0I

Just like every morning, I prayed for you with tremendous passion. I sincerely hope you feel the difference all day long.

Have a great day everyone!

With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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6 thoughts on “Eat This Elephant! One Bite At A Time.

  1. You can do this!! Just as you said one bite at a time!! I will keep you in my prayers!! I am so excited about how far this has come!! You are almost there!! Whoop whoop! Can't wait to celebrate with you!! GO PASTOR CHUCK GO!!!!

  2. I can’t wait to read your book bro. It’s definitely going to be amazing. I’ll be praying hard for you in the next couple of weeks for sure. I do know that God’s grace will fall down like rain on you and it’ll be that kind grace that you know can only come from Him. Thanks for keeping us updated on your journey and continuing to put awesome spiritual food on this blog even when it seems like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders.

  3. As always, love the Britt song. 🙂

    “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” Isaiah 26:3&4

    God’s got humongous plans for you and this book. Do the work that’s set before you… God will make good on His promises. He’s with you every step.

    Can’t wait till the editing is done and the book is finished.

  4. Just think if you had been the one who etched out the Ten Commandments on stone tablets, then in frustration, broke them in pieces and had to start over! Wow! For some reason that just popped in my mind when I read your blog! Good thing we have computers, huh?
    Right now I pray in Jesus’ name these things over your book: strength, motivation, peace, quick correction and completion by the date requested. I pray that God will impart wisdom that the corrections will come so quickly, you will be done even before your deadline. You will be energized throughout this process and you will not be exhausted afterwards, rather filled with giddy joy.

    Be LEGENDARY!

  5. During the past few days, I've been like a sponge absorbing as much as I could from your blogs because their was so much wisdom embedded within each one. Not to mention, my health was rather shaking for a few days. Therefore, I spent more time meditating than I did writing. In the end, it was all good because I remained optimistic and true to myself. Moreover, I read this blog early this morning (knowing what was ahead of me) and stopped at the second part of the title reading "…one bite at a time"…I simply said to myself, let me take this day one hour at a time and do what needs to be done…sure enough my day was a good one…I got to meet up with some friends tonight and enjoyed eating dinner out for a change…

    Pastor Chuck, God is definitely using you to minister effectively to people like myself…I cannot always have regular coffee to give me a morning boost shortly after I wake up, but a motivating blog like yours is like the cup of coffee I wish I could have…