It’s been said that perception is reality. What this statement means is that one’s perception is one’s reality. In other words, the way you perceive life is what will be true for you, and what is true for you will determine the way you live your life.
But let’s look more closely at this statement that perception is reality. Is perception indeed reality? The answer is no. Our perception is simply our perception. It is the way we see life. But the way we see life is filtered through our experiences, and many of our experiences are based on lies. So to say that our perception is reality is not necessarily true unless our perception is founded on and grounded in the Word of God. Only the Word of God is Truth. Only the Word of God is reality or, in other words, what is real.
So what does all of this have to do with writing? Plenty. If you perceive that you can’t succeed as a writer, you are believing a lie and your perception is skewed. Why? Because the Word of God says that as a follower of Christ, you can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13). If you perceive that you are doomed to failure, you are believing a lie and your perception is skewed. Why? Because the Word of God says you are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
Bottom-line, in order for our perception to be reality, our perception must line up with God’s Word. Otherwise, our perception will be based on a lie and that lie will lead only to failure. Decide now that you will saturate yourself with the Word of God so that your perception of yourself will be God’s perception of you.
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