Scripture tells us we have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16). Scripture also tells us we have a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
The mind of Christ is a sound mind. It thinks straight. It reasons with wisdom, understanding, and discernment. It focuses on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippains 4:8).
When it comes to our writing life, do we see these Scriptural principles and commands reflected in our thinking?
Philippians 2:5 puts it like this: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” In other words, Our Lord expects us to think as He thinks.
So, how does Jesus think?
Here are a few things I’ve learned about how Jesus thinks:
- Jesus always thinks possibility, never defeat.
- Jesus always thinks hope, never despair.
- Jesus always thinks good, never evil.
- Jesus always thinks eternal, never temporary.
- Jesus always thinks outside of the realm of time, never in it.
- Jesus always thinks mercy, never condemnation.
In terms of your writing, are you thinking as Jesus thinks?
- Do you always think you will eventually succeed as a writer, or do you think you’ll never make it?
- Are you always hopeful that God will fulfill His purpose in you and through you, or do you despair of fulfilling your destiny?
- Do you always think good about your editors, publishers, and fellow writers, or do you complain, envy, or gossip about them?
- Do you keep your eyes fixed on the eternal consequences of what you write, or are you focused only on your personal ambition?
- Do you focus on those things that are unseen (the eternal) rather than on those that are seen (the temporal)?
- Do you write out of a heart of compassion or a heart of self-righteousness and condescension?
The attitude you develop about your writing will be the attitude you convey to your readers. If you let the mind of Christ rule your thinking, then the life of Christ will flow through the words you write.
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