Henri Nouwen wrote that “writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us.” As I read this quote, I was reminded of Christ’s words that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). By extension we could say that out of the abundance of our hearts, our pens write.
If we want to know what is in our heart, all we have to do is listen to what we say or, as writers, to what we write. Are you pleased with what you are writing? Is it bringing glory to God?
I need continually to re-evaluate my words, both spoken and written. At times, I need to repent of my words, especially spoken. But praise God we have a Savior Who is quick to forgive.
Let us purpose in our hearts that we will speak and write only words that bring glory to God and encouragement to others.