Harry or the Deer?

A group of friends paired off into twos and went hunting for the day. That night one of the hunters returned to the campsite alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.

“Where’s Harry?” the other hunters asked.

“He broke his ankle a couple of miles back up the trail.”

Several of the other hunters jumped to their feet. “You left Harry by the side of the road, and carried the deer back instead?” one of them managed to blurt out.

“Well, sure!” He dropped the deer. “I figured that no one was going to steal Harry!”


There are no more life-shaping decisions than the ones that reveal our priorities. The developement and expression of what’s most important in our lives says a lot about our character. Why did we choose “this” over “that”? This pursuit of priorities takes place in our writing also. Writers are constantly bombarded with the urgent and forced to decided between sitting down to write, taking time to market, answer emails, polish proposals, and on and on the list goes. And that doesn’t even take into account the responsibilities of “real” life–where most normal people live.

But perhaps the most foundational question is this: Why do you write? Is it for fame? Money? Influence? Therapy? Fun? To break the monotony of your existence?

Keep in mind that most writers I know can walk and chew gum at the same time. They may write for a mixture of reasons at the same time. And they may write at certain times because of one pressing priority. We must be careful when we try to judge others. But we must be brutally honest when we evaluate ourselves.

Is God pleased with your priorities? Do you want Him to be?


Filed under Christian Fiction, Christian Growth, Christian Life, Uncategorized, Writing

2 responses to “Harry or the Deer?

  1. Mary Gessner

    I’m kind of whimpering right now because the only “writing” I have time to do is making the occasional comment on another person’s blog/ post/ fb comment, etc… My priorities are engraved in cement for the time being and I have almost no wiggle room…praying I’ll have more free time one of these days. But, you’ve once again made an excellent point and a great blog. 🙂

  2. I hope that eventually you will be able to crank out a paragraph a day…they’ll add up quickly. Glad to hear from you again.

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