Whether nonfiction or fiction, we all write truth.
Whether stated in bold print or revealed through the world of our story, the reader leaves the page with our insight now attached to her own. And whether or not our truth is The Truth, if written and shared, it will make a lasting impression on those who read it. So how can we as Christian writers, ensure the Truth of our words?
1. We Listen
We live in a fast forward world where our meals are tossed to us through windows, and ready-made answers are discovered with just one click on our mobile device. With deadlines and hectic schedules, it’s easy to pressure ourselves into writing–something. We aim to produce quickly to keep up and get noticed. And if we’re not careful, we’ll end up sounding like everyone else.
The written reality of His truth tells us:
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10
If we aim to write the truth, we must first set aside time daily to hear it spoken. Our most valuable time is spent not only praying to our Father, but then keeping quiet to listen to the sound of His response.
2. We Clarify
It’s easy to get caught up in the words. Words are beautiful. They dance in our mouths, delight our memories, and soothe our deepest regrets. But what are they saying? And more important, does the reader understand?
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2
Our words should be clear enough to catch hold of, and challenging enough to make a change.
3. We Continue
God has given each of us a specific message. That message doesn’t depend on the reader’s response, but rather our willingness to obey the call of the One who’s called. There will be critics and opposition. There will be roadblocks and detours and moments when it feels just too difficult to even write one word.
We must continue perfecting our craft, learning from those already blazing a trail, and gleaning from the truth that moves us forward in our pursuit.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
How are you pursuing His Truth? Share your comments and suggestions.