Several years ago this was the motto for TCW. I think it’s time to return to it. Although I consider myself an honest person it has been amazing to take a stock of my conversations and count the number of times my first reaction is to lie to protect myself or to not hurt someone’s feelings. Most times I catch myself before it leaves my mouth, but every now and again, when it comes to protecting my own interests I slip.
When I was about seven my dad had left instructions before leaving for church that we were not to watch TV while they were gone. Everyone else went to sleep but I was fascinated by this new device in the house and I stayed up to watch. Of course I was tucked into bed by the time they returned home but I could not sleep. My conscience bothered me as it still does now when I am dishonest. I had to get up and confess to my father what I had done. I like being able to sleep at night and want to know when I am awaken it is not for a lack of a clear conscience.
I am here today as I consider my writing and the impact it has on me and others. Truth always brings forth freedom, not bondage. Even in the moments when I write about my failures and troubles, it is amazing the freedom that comes as I release it on paper or online. Whether someone agrees with it or not, is never the issue. It is releasing myself and being open to saying “God I am so glad you are not through with me yet.” The Holy Spirit is a wonderful friend and I am glad He has taken such an interest in making be a better child of the Most High.
Writing honestly is also a challenge. It was my greatest challenge when I first began writing years ago. I edited every line before it was on paper and then edited it again right away. Worried what people would think about me if I said something one way or another. That worry blocked creativity and took on a life of its own. Soon, the story was discarded and I felt like a failure. It has taken me a long time to be able to write creatively and use my own experiences, dreams, ideas to fuel my work. Thank God for editing and time because as I write and release I can go back and look at my work and see the areas my own fears are still holding back my creative flow. It may be in the way I develop a character, my hesitancy to use certain language or relive an experience. I am grateful for this gift of writing and I look forward to seeing how my work impacts others as God allows.
Be blessed today. Live Purposefully. Live Hopefully. Live Honestly.