Where there is no vision the people perish.”
— Proverbs 29:18
A children’s book writer shared one of her fan letters with me. Printed with crayon on bright yellow construction paper it read: “Thank you for writing god books.” We chuckled at the truth in the error, god vs. good. But later it made me think:
What is different between a good book and a God book?
As I grow in my faith and as my writing efforts shift to Christian books I want to know the difference. How do I write as a follower of Jesus? What does Christ-centered writing look like? Christ-centered writing begins with God’s idea instead of my idea, but how do I know the difference?
In his book Visioneering, Andy Stanley presents two ways to know the distinction between good ideas and God ideas:
1. A God-ordained vision will eventually feel like a moral imperative.
Have you ever had the idea for a book that would not let you go? “As the burden in you grows, you will feel compelled to take action.” My ideas wane over time, God’s grow stronger.
2. A God-ordained vision will be in line with what God is doing in the world.
My ideas serve myself or advance my career. God’s ideas are part of a bigger plan. This is not always apparent at first. “Initially, you may not see a connection. If not, wait.”
My idea? Or God’s idea? Will I ever know for sure? Probably not, but I am encouraged that Jesus was big on restoring people’s vision.
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” Matthew 20:29
May my eyes be opened too.