Scott McClellan posted a blog entitled What We Learned from Publishing a Magazine. He relayed some things he learned about life and work from his experiences.
These are my edited excerpts of Scott's blog. There are 10. I will do a few each day and comment. Here is the next three. My comments are in PURPLE. (I am feeling regal, today.)
Learn by doing.
If you aspire to try your hand at something new, you've got to add experience to whatever head knowledge you can glean from books and teachers. God says, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Yet the "new" does not come without the "Repent." That is, trying it out.
Keep getting better.
Artists who are currently doing great work probably spent years doing poor or mediocre work. We say we practice our faith as well as have faith. It is "both/and" and not "either/or." The myth of modern culture is that we can be expert right out of the box and, if not; we claim we are too timid to start. "I'm not good at that," we say. Jesus spent 30 years developing before he started ministry.
Celebrate. Catch your breath. Figure out what's next.
Congratulate your teammates and have some fun. Get back into project mode before you get comfortable in celebration mode. Jesus partied and prayed. Each complements the other.
Rise above your routine.
Whatever routine you find yourself in, you must be intentional about rising above it. Block off time to re-imagine, to pull things apart and mix up the pieces. Carry over that which is best, not that which is convenient. This is true Sabbath time. God has so much to visit us with if we will only stop (or routine.)