By Lisa Godfrees
As Christian authors, what we give our readers has to be more than a great story. People read Christian fiction because of the hope it offers. And we choose to write it because we want to bring glory to our Creator. As stewards of His gift to us-our ability to communicate via words on the page, to create compelling characters, to transport our readers into worlds of our making-it is both our privilege and our responsibility to be intentional in sharing our hearts.
The question I have for you today, and the challenge, is-how does your heart come through in your writing?
~1 Peter 3:14-16
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing to unbelievers, believers, seekers, or backsliders (thank you, Terry Burns & Linda Yezak for the terminology). It doesn’t matter if your fiction is overtly Christian or mainstream. What matters is how your love for God comes through in your writing.
And this applies to all your words, not just your fiction. It applies to the words you speak when you meet people during the day-at the grocery store, at your child’s school, at your spouse’s work, at the post office-and the words you share on social media. Does God ooze out of you when you speak, when you post a status update on Facebook, when you tweet, when you blog? Do all your words seek to glorify Him?
If not, then it’s not just a matter of trying to change our actions or control our speech; it’s a matter of being. Take some time to focus on God’s Word today. Our hearts can’t reflect His if we aren’t spending time with Him.
Lisa Godfrees is a former forensic scientist. Tired of technical writing, she hung up her lab coat to pen speculative fiction while taking classes at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is the author of several short stories and her first manuscript was a 2013 finalist in the Genesis Contest.