Red Pen

Wednesday, May 2, 2012



As an editor, sometimes I think editing really messes with my perspective. I'm so accustomed to looking over a text and merely reading to catch the mistakes that I feel this mentality can sometimes cross over to my everyday life. Automatically I look for what's wrong and what can be fixed instead of enjoying the good, the well-written parts [if you will] of my life. Even worse, I take my red pen and go into an editing frenzy on other people's lives. Scratch that. Rewrite this. Delete, delete, delete. I'm absolutely brutal.

It's a dangerous path to tread. It's the difference, I believe, between hurt and hope. If we choose to tango with discontentment, we will be disheartened. We will always be looking for what can be altered and ways to improve our situations; we will never be satisfied. If we rip people to shreds, coloring their worlds with our unforgiving pen marks, we will never be able to truly love them. We'll skip to the end, or skim. We won't pay attention.

We must choose contentment, stilling the anxious "red pen" in our hearts that desires to rewrite the story God has already written for us and for others. The perfect story that requires no editing.


I wrote this a while ago, but was reminded of it today. I wish I was better at this.

13 comments:

Nagehan said...

I Love you for this. You're amazing, girlfriend :)

Mary Rachel said...

I love this post. Thanks for that reminder.

Alana Christine said...

What a good analogy! Love it!

Lindsay K {lastyearoftwentysomething} said...

This is so true! It is so easy to point out flaws in ourselves and others, but to truely enjoy life we must focus on the good and positive! Great post!

Lauren said...

this is so true, and very well said. a wonderful reminder to ALL!

anna.montana said...

I love this :)

Kell said...

I love this. It's such a great reminder!

Lauren said...

Great Post Jena!

Kylie Wesholski said...

I needed to hear this today. Thanks!

Joge said...

Thank you Jena. This came at the right time. Thanks for sharing your insights. I too fall prey to the red pen epidemic, critiquing myself and others' flaws. See, love and encourage as Christ does; today and always. Great reminder.

Andrea @ Love is... said...

Love this!

Second Hand Rose said...

Such a good post and you make some great points. You are right, I think we all forget how lucky we are to have things and always focus on the bad and things that need correcting. XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk/

Kathy B. said...

Wowee, this is beautiful! :) xXx