Thursday, August 16, 2012

Frog Kissing: Is it Worth It?

Thirty-some years ago I quit piano lessons because I would not discipline myself to practice. Now I'm a speaker, singer, and writer. This year I've spoken 14 times, and I have four more scheduled, plus two radio interviews. I usually sing during each message, so you could say I've sung that same amount of times this year.

And I write a lot.

But I still hate to practice. I must force myself to go over my message notes or songs or edit my writing.

I love the thrill of the initial creation of a message, an article, or a story. But the perfecting of it is tedious, like polishing the silver or ironing a blouse with seventeen buttons. It. Is. Work. Not fun.

Still, it must be done to have a message that speaks to the heart, a book that changes souls, a song that kisses a frog into a prince.

So, when I'm done writing and posting this, I will gather up my music and practice my songs for this Saturday, when I'm speaking and singing for a lovely group of ladies in Chicago. I think they deserve a well-polished message and kisses-filled songs.

And you? Do you like to practice, edit, polish, and iron? Or like me, must you force yourself? Is the kissing worth it?


  1. Discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

    I used to read this verse to my choir.

  2. Even Jesus learned from discipline. "The Lord disciplines those he loves," Hebrews 12:6

    No, I don't like to have to rewrite and edit and polish what I write; but that's part of the process.Afriend of mine used to say,"It goes with the territory."

  3. Of course I don't like to practice or edit my writing. But I do like to iron. I love it. Now, not with all those buttons. I just love how fresh things look when ironed.

  4. I'm with you, Jen! I don't like editing or ironing either. In fact, I have a pile waiting for me in the guest room. Sigh.


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