I’m often torn with how “real” to be, when it comes to writing. I’m not a cookie cutter Christian and I don’t want to pretend to be.
Christians make a huge mistake of pretending to be something we are not.
We are flawed, we make mistakes and sometimes, our actions do not match what we profess. Don’t get me wrong, I know some true Mother Teresas and Ms. Claras (War Room) out there, but they too, are flawed.
Like many, my past is not some wholesome Christian journey to freedom. So, when I write fiction, realistic fiction, I want to stay true to my reality and the reality of so many others. Yet, I struggle with knowing where to draw the line.
I’ve learned the main culprit of my struggle is worrying too much about what other people think.
My biggest pet peeve is being misunderstood and hearing incorrect perceptions of me. The thing is, as an introvert and more as writer that comes with the territory. Thankfully, my husband and a few close friends have mastered the art of not caring and remaining true to them regardless. I’m slowly learning from them. More importantly, I’m reminding myself of the only opinion that matters. In everything I do, I strive to please God above all else.
Ralph Emerson once penned, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” You have to be you, and not worry or care too much if people get it. At the end of the day, you must know and remember Who and why you write.
Do you struggle with how real to be in your writing? Do you struggle with being misunderstood? What are some ways you handle it?
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WEEK THREE: REBUILD
“When you can stand in the mirror, look deep into your own reflection and realize that the physical doesn’t define, the mental doesn’t define; nothing on earth can define. It is when you look beyond yourself, into your Creator that you will arrive at the realization….” – Sage Devin Tucker, character from the novel, “My Name Is Sage “
I finally went to see the movie, War Room, which was amazingly life-changing by the way. If you’ve seen it, you understand my enthusiasm for this week’s challenge. Last week, we de-cluttered…literally. This week, we will focus on our personal relationship with God. After all, He is where our opinions of ourselves should derive. Self-Esteem and self-image reverts back to knowing who we are in Christ, through Christ and with Christ. Do you realize when we question ourselves, our appearance, we are questioning God’s perfect creation? Do you really think He made a mistake when he made your hair that way, painted your skin that color, shaped your body like the perfect piece of clay that is you? I don’t think so. When we see ourselves in Christ, nobody can tell us different. Psalms 139: 14 NKJV “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
This week’s challenge: Rebuild from the inside by renewing our mind.
- Find a spot in your home, away from everyone else. (War Room).
- Make a point to wake up a few minutes earlier than everyone, especially if you have a family: pray, meditate, read your bible or if you keep a journal like me, write. (If you can only do one or two days this week, that’s perfectly fine).
- Do you still have those sticky notes on the mirror? You should : ) Write a letter to yourself, stating everything you like about you. Don’t like to write, make a list instead. Keep that list or letter with you, and make a point to read it during your private time.
Remember, a little goes a long way in this journey. #LovingMeDailyRenewingmymind
Loving me daily,
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