“A word after a word after a word is power.”–Margaret Atwood
A writer brings words to life, and those words have the power to elevate another life. A reader is invited into the writer’s world – familiar, comforting, inspiring, or encouraging. That power is why a Christian writer ought to pray and reflect upon his/her content to cause or create a Godly influence for his/her reader
According to John Piper “If you’re not praying that what you write will influence people it is because you don’t believe in what about you’re writing”
Indeed, Christian writers should seek to influence readers by pointing them to God. It is only God who can turn a word into a seed, and have it germinate to produce fruits. Yet often you find yourself in a dilemma.
For example, when I believe in a promise that hasn’t yet born fruit for me, I tend to find myself wondering “What if I convince someone to believe this promise and it does not come to pass as I say?”
But listening to this message from John Piper gave me a very insightful perspective on being a Christian writer. I never set out to become a Christian writer, but life is full of surprises and you never know what ‘life, dream, gift, calling, etc, is in store until you venture out.
It is not your duty to make it happen, but your influence can lead to strengthening another’s relationship with God or reassuring them of the promises of God.
Whenever you write, highlight that God is better than anything else in the world, the path of sin is worse than anything else in the world, and make the path of righteousness look beautiful in spite of all the difficulties that the path of obedience might bring.
- Writers should love people and have good intentions towards their readers
- Writers should seek to glorify God in their writing by winning them over to God.
- Writers should seek to show readers the goodness and love of God.
- Awaken their readers’ souls to hunger for God and delight in Him.
If you discover a cure for a deadly disease will you hide it from loved ones in need or will you gladly share with them? God is much more appealing than the cure because He is the creator of life itself. Therefore, a writer needs to seek, desire, and pray to influence his/her readers.
Words: Why Write
- You write for personal edification, to bring clarity to murky thoughts or situations.
- To help universalize human nature and human struggle. When you express your experience a reader can find themselves in your story. Of course, that can either be good or not so good.
- “You can make anything by writing.” –C.S. Lewis. Writing is a tool for creation and peacemaking.
- Since writing is an extension of living, writing gives you a chance to live a full life by bringing the inside out and making an intangible tangible
And when you start at the end, you think backward into other questions:
- What does that mean for the kinds of words I use?
- The kinds of sentences I use?
- The paragraphs I use?
- The lengths of things I write?
- The cultural illustrations I employ?
“Writers should utilize their influences carefully, while allowing the process of writing to open their own eyes, and shape their own souls”
As you begin to ponder upon these questions or implications, it is sobering to realize that you are on this planet to influence people. Everyone is an influence, so be conscious of what kind of influence you have on your readers. Pray for that influence and keep writing. Thank you for reading, and I hope you find this message inspiring to encourage to keep writing no matter what, whether you publish or let your writing showcase God’s glory. Stay Blessed Always!