A mathematical formula to determine your writing perspective.
I can’t fully give to others what I myself do not have. If I am not willing to realize I was made for a purpose on purpose, if I am not willing to believe that God could use me for something much bigger than I, how will I ever translate this hope to my readers? That they too can be vessels for such a time as this?
I recently found myself in old battle grounds as I tried to write. If I am not thinking clearly, I can not write. To be honest, I have looked at two different ways I write depending on my state of my mind.
I can write all over the place, completely emotional or I can write from a place of stability and confidence. Of course my journal is both mixed with prayers and praises, but when it comes to writing for readers, I have been struggling with why I deal with such a wide pendulum swing.
Two very different formulas to live by.
What is a formula? “A special type of equation that shows the relationship between different variables.” – Math Is Fun
There are two mathematical formulas we can choose from daily.
One is based on truth, the other on lies. Whichever we choose will guide our day which in turn will guide our writing.
A variable in and of itself means inconsistent, or changing. When I believe a certain way, it effects all the areas of my life. If my beliefs and values are inconsistent, I will not be at peace. (See James 1:6)
The blank page + the lies of the enemy = writer frozen in place, or fearful of what is written.
This is right where he wants us. And since I like to save the best for last, let’s delve into what happens when I chose the wrong formula to live by.
What the lie does to me.
When I begin to believe that what I have to say is not worth anyone’s time, it not only steals words that could have blessed another soul, it singes my own. How?
Because every lie I believe and take as my own (truth), is like a drop of poison to my heart.
In Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book, Switch on your Brain, it is stated that “What you are thinking every moment of every day becomes a physical reality in your brain and body, which affects your optimal mental and physical health. These thoughts collectively form your attitude, which is your state of mind, and it’s your attitude and not your DNA that determines much of the quality of your life.”
I do not want to continue poisoning my own heart. It wears me out and it causes me to feel like I am the rope in a game of tug of war. I am horizontal as the enemy pulls me one way and God is gently tugging back. He tugs at my heart strings, in a kind Fatherly way unlike the nagging and less-than thoughts that are not from him.
I don’t want to keep getting sideswiped by the enemy. I want to be prepared. I want to be filled up on God’s truth about who I am so I will stop being a doormat for the one who comes to kill, steal, and destroy.
I can dwell on life OR death. It’s a choice.
At just the right time He led me to an article by fellow blogger friend, Crystal Twaddell whose article is titled, When You Feel Like An Impostor. It is part of a series called, #ChosenAndWorthy. In it she wrote, “Identity lies are never respecters of age. And just because we deal with them when we’re younger doesn’t mean they’ve given up the fight. Often they return with a vengeance; attacking in the midst of a blessing we so desperately hope for, until we find ourselves questioning if it’s really meant for us.”
Here I was, having moved forward in obedience to what God called me to do, write and blog about it and instead of continuing to believe and have faith, my mind and heart were drifting into the sea of doubt.
I had to get back into a healthy place of thinking. I know myself and I am prone to overthinking due to my analytical nature. This nature can be used for good but I have to intentionally focus my thoughts on what is good. (see Philippians 4:8)
I (we) don’t have to remain stuck.
Just because we get caught in this hamster wheel thinking from time to time, we can remember what Dr. Caroline says in her book: “Our brain is neoplastic–it can change and regrow. In addition God has built in the operating principle of neurogenesis–new nerve cells are birthed daily for our benefit. This sounds like Lamentations 3:22-23, ‘The Lord’s mercies…are new every morning.’ “
Reminding ourselves of the Truth by reading the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ is so vital.
God is opposite of the enemy. He is completely good in all his ways and instead of trampling on me, pointing out every flaw, he offers to carry me when I am too tired to move. He is a loving Father who offers help. He sees differently.
When I remember who my Father is, it reminds me who I am. I wanted to save the best for last. Let’s go with the better mathematical formula and equation.
The blank page + the truth about God’s thoughts/plan for me = freedom to write.
—->If this post resonated with your analytical self, please share it with others who struggle. ♥