Take your time

The last place anyone would expect to hear the phrase “Take your time,” would be in the army. In times of war, time is of the essence. Everyone on the battlefield wants the war to be over and done with so they can go home to their loved ones. Soldier have to get to places in time in coordinated assaults. And the person who would survive the first volley of a battle are the ones doing the shooting.

So you can imagine my surprise when I was conscripted into the Singapore Army. The one phrase I remember hearing the most was, “Take your time”. The phrase was dripping with sarcasm, of course, but it was still surprising.

So it takes me great pleasure to present to you my advise in writing. Please take your time when you write, and no, there is with no sarcasm attached to this. Take your time to get it right.Take your time to do proper research on your topic. Take your time to find a proper illustrator (if you are working on a children’s story). Take your time to form the sentences. Take your time to tell your story. Time gives us a chance to reset our minds, gives us a better chance to catch mistakes we had made earlier when writing.

When man sinned, God already knew the solution and knew what needed to be done. God could have fixed it up straight away, but He knew it had to be done right. God had to prepare the hearts of men, prepare the bloodline of Jesus, prepare people to receive the forgiving grace of God, prepare the technology needed for the final events described in the book of Revelations. Even after over six-thousand years (give or take), we are not ready for the final events yet. And we know God isn’t slack (2 Pet 3:9), so He has been at work, getting things ready. So why are we not there yet? Because all these preparation requires time to get them right.

And our writing, as good as we are at our craft, require the same thing. We need the time to get it all right. God takes millenniums to get His preparation right, so what is wrong with taking a few extra weeks to get it right? Not a lot. So remember to “take your time”. It doesn’t cost a lot, but it will bring a lot of returns.

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