Just a Draft

// October 5 //

In my Intro to Creative Writing class today I had an interesting thought. As the first part of the semester is coming to a close, we are finishing up the poetry section of class. To do so, we are each required to write a poem and workshop it with the whole class. This means, reading it out loud and then accepting feedback from other students and the professor.

In other words, this would be the first draft. The goal is to get enough feedback to edit it and put it in a writing portfolio at the end of the semester. So, today we learned about revisions and editing. We talked about certain techniques that we could use to make our work of art the best it can be and bring it to perfect completion.

I immediately thought of all the other papers I had drafts of. In middle school I remember having 1-2 drafts of small papers that we had to turn in. Last semester I had a first draft of a 15-20 page paper to turn in.  Without the feedback from those I had read the first draft, I never would have concluded with the final product. I cannot recall the grades I got on the papers in middle school, but I can tell you that I had a 97% on the 15-20 page paper that I read at least 3 times myself, let alone what I asked others to read.

I also write for our school’s newspaper. Each week I am assigned a topic and interview several students on the topic. By Friday at 5PM I am to have sent my first draft to the copy editor who then makes corrections and sends it along to be published. He has to read the first draft and correct mistakes before it can actually be published.

As I was sitting in class and pondering the idea of drafts, I thought of this: maybe we are all just drafts that God is continuing to edit throughout our lives. Each day, God works at creating us to be more like Him. He makes revisions and eventually, our final product will be perfect.

One thing we talked about was how difficult it is to make revisions on a poem or short story. That is because we may have spent hours upon hours of writing it to begin with and think it is already perfect in its first form. However, once we go through the editing process, the work of art is so beautiful in the end that we forget about the pain of revising.

This is how I imagine it to be when we are in Heaven. If we, as humans, can never achieve perfection, but God is constantly working on us, making us whole and complete in HIS image, then one day, we too shall be perfect with Him in Heaven.

It is painful to undergo some of these changes and revisions, but in the end, we will see that it is well worth it!

James reminds us of this in chapter one verse four of his letter: “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

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