Moving Truth from the Head to the Heart
I am a writer. I have been one for a long time, from way back in elementary school when I used to craft stories about girls and horseback riding. I journal to record my struggles and what the Lord has to say about them (precious treasures which I have stored in five, three-inch binders!). I brainstorm with the Lord on ideas and how best to implement them by writing it all out in a steno pad, and now on my iPad using Notability and a stylus. And I blog, though I haven’t been as regular as I would have liked. I am working on an allegorical romance novel about Jesus and the Bride of Christ. And I have just begun a nonfiction book spelling out truths I would offer in the first few sessions of counseling. I have lots going on inside my head, and I process and cement that information best by writing about it.
I am reading a newly-released book by Jeff Goins, called You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One), and in the first chapter he encourages that if you write, you can and should declare yourself a writer. The measurable point where one becomes a writer is when he decides that it is what he wants to do and begins writing, not when he is published or sells a certain amount of writings. Jeff encourages his readers to go ahead and call yourself a writer and believe it about yourself. When you believe it and do it, then you will start to feel like a writer. But don’t wait until you feel it before you write, or you will stall out.
Oh, the parallels with the spiritual! How many of us fail to realize that we are dearly loved children of the King of the universe. Our old lives were killed off with Christ, and we were born then into His family. We possess the Holy Spirit and the power to do the impossible things like loving the unloveable, being patient with a difficult person, and exercising self-control in not having those sweets. We can’t live Christ’s life as exemplified when He lived here on earth, but that’s OK, He lives within our spirit to do it for us and through us!
If we only know who we are, we will live up to it and begin to feel it. Go ahead, call yourself righteous. Not because you are, but because Christ who lives within you fused His righteousness right into your life with Himself.
I call my bathroom the Truth Booth. With a busy family all around me, often the bathroom is the best place to get away by myself when stresses begin to mount. I will often sit there and whisper aloud the truths of the situation at hand: “You have not lost control or failed to notice something about this situation. You have a plan and a purpose here, and You have promised that You will make all things work together for good for me. Whatever You want to do here, I am willing, so if You will show me and give me Your power to face it and choose correctly, I will do it.” Declaring the truth out loud to your own heart often steels you up to face whatever actions are ahead of you, and you begin to feel the truth.
I am a writer. I am a writer with an important message to pass along from the King of Kings. And I’m going to do that. What truth do you need to declare today? Find your Truth Booth and practice saying it out loud, then go live it!