3 Reasons I Could Not Write It

When Millie approached me to help write her autobiography, I was surprised. Reasons not to get involved readily flashed through my head.

  1. I am not qualified. I am not a published author. Why would she approach me? Yes, I had a blog I wrote on a somewhat regular basis, but that was not a qualification for writing a book.
  2. I do not have time. My elderly mother consumed most of my spare time. Ray and I were starting a long overdue remodeling project. My leadership roles at church and in Bible Study Fellowship filled several hours each week.
  3. Writing does not come naturally for me. I have to work to get the ideas down. Then I revise and revise and revise. Only once in a while do I write a piece that demonstrates decent writing.

For me to ghostwrite this book was a speculative, frightening venture.IMG_0841

God promises if we follow his instructions he will enable and provide. He did. The book is completed and published — an astounding accomplishment.

I would like to say that I had unwavering faith and confidence in God’s provision throughout the project, but I did not. It was a struggle. However, my need for wisdom, words, and organization were met beyond my wildest imagination.

God teaches that we are strongest and most fulfilled when we rest in his strength. That is when God’s glory is evident, and the human effort is only a faint shadow.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:9

God made it possible to have Millie Young’s story of faith and service to her Lord and Savior told.

5 thoughts on “3 Reasons I Could Not Write It

  1. Millie Young

    Veteran’s Day has been special to me since a child. I had 3 uncles who fought in WW 2. One of them gave his life for our country. My late husband served in the Korean War. It was during his time in the Air Force that God gave him a definite call to missions. Those who have served our country need to be told that we appreciate all they have done for us.

  2. Millie Young

    Since a young girl I have always respected the observance of Veteran’s Day. I remember so well the time of WW 2 when I had 3 uncles, who were very close to me and they were all in the service. One of them gave his life for our country. Also my late husband, Vernon Young served in the Korean War. It was during the time he was serving that God definitely called him into missionary service.
    We owe these dear countrymen much. May we never forget what they have done for us.

  3. Brandi Starr

    Scott is an amazing writer, and he writes like you. Lots of time and editing – stewing over every word and sentence in his pursuit of perfection. I write like a whirlwind. I crank it out, skim it, consult WordPress for potential errors, and walk away. I think it’s less about confidence and more about a refusal to allow writing to be a chore.

    1. Sandee Lee Post author

      Yes, Scott is a talented person. Isn’t it wonderful how God made us with different temperaments? I love the “chore” of revising a piece. Whirlwind and contemplative writing both have their places.

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