Better With Time

Not long ago, my wife and I took our toddler son to get new shoes. We found a pair we liked,  so the sales woman put them on our fidgety son, and then said, “Okay, little fella. Why don’t you walk around with your grandpa and see how those feel.”

I’m sure I actually heard my wife snort.

Okay. I get it. I’m an “older” father. When my son was on infant formula, I should have been on Grecian Formula (cue rim shot). But come on!

I pray that I’m a better father now than when I was many years ago. Fatherhood is a journey that can only be fully absorbed by those who have children. Many people think they know a lot about parenting…until they have children.

What would you say to someone who said, ” I want to be a father, but I just don’t want to have children. It takes time and effort to raise kids.”?

You’d think the person really didn’t understand fatherhood. Right?

Well, it’s that way in writing also. There are lots of people who want to be published authors, but they don’t want to put in the time and effort to sit down and write. Or if they do plop down in front of the keyboard, they suddenly realize that it’s harder than they imagined.

But writers–like fathers–learn as they go. Experience is a great teacher. So stay humble, teachable, and alert. There are many lessons to learn in life if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.

How have you grown as a writer?


Filed under Christian Fiction, Christian Growth, family, Writing

2 responses to “Better With Time

  1. Love this, because it is such a journey. A long, fascinating process that I have been moulded and shaped in ways I never dreamed–even if it’s taking eons longer than I expected and feel like I keep reinventing the wheel. If find myself not being discouraged as easily with other challenges in life and say to myself and to others, ‘why not?’ more and more. Most importantly, God and I are having a blast as he wows me at every turn of the page. Love your writing, Larry. Enjoy ACFW for me. I want to hear EVERYTHING when you get back. My disappointment, in this summer’s disjointed circumstances jumping up to block my path to Dallas, has turned to extreme thankfulness and awe that I am going to be exactly were I need to be. Prayers go with you, friend!

  2. Kelly,
    I have to admit I’m very excited to be heading to Dallas. I believe in the story I’m pitching, and hope I have many chances to tell people about it. I suppose my biggest goal is to make a connection with an agent that can become a close friend and ally for many years–and many books to come.

    I wish you the best in your writing.

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