Writing Tips From Jesus: One

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But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. John 8:6

On this earth nothing we write will last. All is temporary, even the old classics are fading as new writers rise up.  In a thousand years or even a hundred who will be remembered?

 In the Bible God wrote twice.  Once with his finger reaching down to give the law on two stone tablets.  Then again as Jesus wrote with finger, this time scribbling in the sand.

When Jesus wrote men were ready to stone a woman for adultery.  Jesus made a space in time.  He slowed down the action as he scribbled and the men were changed. No one knows what he wrote.

It’s the idea that art is something unexpected and creative and creates a space in time where we can hear God.  Michael Card.

 Perhaps no one will remember our words, but if we can create a space for God though our writing our readers can be changed eternally. God can speak into that space and time.

What is your goal as a writer? Bestseller list? Fame? Few attain those goals and the satisfaction is temporary. What if we could shift our focus and write from the perspective of eternity. The best writing creates a space in a reader’s mind and heart for God to enter.

A blog, a tweet, a story written for our children, a devotional message in the church newsletter, a lesson prepared for a small group. All writing is important and at the same time all writing is just scribbling in the sand. 

Some are called to be prophetic goads, and some giants may hammer in firmly embedded nails. But the rest of us can aspire, with no tinge of shame, to scribbling in the sand.  Philip Yancey

What do you think?

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

6 Comments on Writing Tips From Jesus: One

  1. katharinetrauger
    March 9, 2015 at 8:13 am (3 years ago)

    Interesting thought I never before considered, that God wrote the law with His finger in stone, and then with His finger, wrote mercy in pulverized stone. Thanks for that!

    But was there not another time? The hand that wrote judgment on the wall at a banquet in (was it) Persia?

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  2. Tara Cole
    March 9, 2015 at 8:15 am (3 years ago)

    Love it when you say,”The best writing creates a space in a reader’s mind and heart for God to enter.” I’ll keep that in mind as I write today.

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    • Writing Sisters
      March 9, 2015 at 9:43 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for connecting, Tara. Happy writing!

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  3. Lesson Learner
    March 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Great post. Thank you for those important tips and reminders. It is also an encouragement to say more. Will be keeping this!

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  4. sustainabilitea
    March 11, 2015 at 8:58 am (3 years ago)

    This post really spoke to me, as a number of people in one of my online writing groups are having books published, something which can make me feel like a bit of a failure. However, I do love my blog (over three years now and a post at least per day) and the writing I’ve done over the years in other areas. I’m where God wants me to be and working toward some other goals. Thanks!

    janet

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  5. Zan Marie
    March 12, 2015 at 9:56 am (3 years ago)

    Powerful! Thanks for the post. It allows me to focus my prayers concerning my writing.

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