through His Word
I didn’t want to upload it one more time. After nine uploads and nine thorough edits of my entire e-book, I didn’t want to fix it again. Couldn’t it just be done? Couldn’t I get away with not fixing that spacing that I had somehow missed?
I knew the answer was no. And for good reason—to make my book the best it could be. Every hour I had spent formatting paragraphs and endnotes, every minute I had carefully scrolled through the whole book, every second of patience was worth the end result.
When you write, you know you’re going to have to edit. Oh, it would be nice for a paragraph to pop out right the first time! Sometimes they do. But more often than not, some wording will need to be tweaked, some sparkle will need to be added, and some principle will need to be refined. Editing is a guaranteed part of writing, and it’s a guaranteed part of life.
We don’t pop out into the world just right. Even as little children, we tend to be self-centered. It’s a tendency that has to be unlearned. A reality that needs to be transformed.
God does the transforming work. His original creation of man and woman was perfect. No edits needed. It was Adam and Eve’s choice to sin that caused a gap between the reality God wanted for us and the reality that sin brought. What reality is God working toward in us? Oneness with Himself, knowing Him personally, walking in love, and serving Him and His purposes here on earth.
Editing my little e-book helped me to better understand and appreciate God’s edits on my own heart. How I admire His patience. He never gives up. He never says He’s had enough after nine edits or nine thousand. He is patient with all His children. He loves us, gives us the truth, leads us gently, and shows us the right way to walk. Sometimes He knows we need a firm hand to lead us in the right direction, but He is so gracious. He always makes victory possible if we look to Him (1 Cor. 10:13; Rom. 8:37).
How thankful I am for God’s edits! I never want Him to stop. Father, please work in my heart. One more time. And again. And again.
Copyright © 2014 by Katy Kauffmanwriting, editing, patience, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies