Monday, February 4, 2013

Be still: Who we write for

A blog I follow...
wrote this, and I agree with it 100% so, I decided to re-post it!

I rarely run out of words to write. Writer's block and I aren't well acquainted, and that is due to the

overwhelming amount of words I just need to say.
However, while I'm not afraid of running out of words, I'm afraid that I may say the wrong ones.

 What if I offend someone with my theology? What if I forget the point of my message and lose focus?
What if...nobody likes it?!

Who are we writing for?
Being still is more than just quieting ourselves. In fact, it goes much deeper than that.

 Being still is resting, not in
our own quietness, but in the quietness of knowing that Jesus is God. We don't write for others' enjoyment,
 although a pleasant and fitly spoken word will delight the hearers and readers. We don't write for our own
enjoyment, although I, for one, certainly find glee in pouring words out on paper. We write so that Christ
may be known, and that we can know Him better as a result of our own writing, and that others may know
 Him and rejoice in the good work He has done for us. (Matthew 5:16)

The heart of writing is not to reach our audience, nor is it to make us happy.
If I wrote a thousand words targeted to the right "audience" and did it for the wrong reason, my message

would not be validated by their reception. Let's say I know my target audience likes to cheat. In fear of
not offending them, I may find myself trying to avoid the word when talking about sin. Or maybe I might
 go a step further and modify the definition of cheating so my audience enjoys my message a little better.
While the message will fall upon listening ears, I will have led them astray. 

The heart of writing is to glorify God, because when He is the reason we write, we glorify Him and our

audience is edified, we are refreshed and satisfied, and everyone walks in God's truth.

Making it practical~
1. The next time you sit to write, don't ask yourself what your readers would want. 
Ask what God would have you to share.

2. Never modify the truth in order to make it more presentable or readable.

3. Remember that Jesus is your first love, not the praise or criticism your writing brings.

You can't control other people's responses.

4. Write outside of feeling. If you are angry at someone, clear your head before you write. If you are

trying to communicate a message you feel a certain someone needs to hear, don't make that person the
focus of your writing. Instead, ask yourself what God would have them to know, not how you can fix them.
We preach Christ, not opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing my post with others. I'm thankful that God used it to impact you!


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