George Eliot said, “It’s never too late to start what you might have been.” I’ve taken this advice and have started a new phase of my life — writing. Not just any writing. I’ve done that. I’ve written hundreds of letters, kept journals, written articles for newsletters, and so on. But what I haven’t done is written the one thing that really interests me. A romance that helps to inspire, give hope, and hopefully even cause the reader to chuckle a bit. I’ve decided it’s time to finally begin.

I could make excuses. I’m certainly not young anymore, so why start now? I don’t understand all the modern technologies and apps. What if my friends laugh at me? How will I feel when I’m criticized? There are numerous excuses I could make, but what I can’t get away from is this. How will I feel at the end of my life if I haven’t pursued this dream?

If I live to be my parents’ age, I may still have 30 or more years of life ahead of me. What will I do with those years? Perhaps it’s time to start checking off items on my bucket list. One of the top items on that list is writing a Christian historical romance. And guess what? I did it! It’s not quite ready to be published yet, but soon — very soon. And I find my fingers are itching to begin the next book in the series.

I have only one regret about the entire book-writing process. I wish I had started sooner. But what I will never have to regret is to not have started at all.

Is there something you have dreamed of doing? Have you given up on it? Are you listening to the excuses in your head that tell you it’s too late? Hopefully this post will inspire you to allow courage to rise up in your heart. Begin dreaming again. But this time, make that dream come true.

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'” Jeremiah 29:11 NASB

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