Why I (Sort of) Write to Inspire

Dear lovely reader,

I was preparing to write a blog post titled “Why I Don’t Write to Inspire“.

Inspiration is a pleasant feeling. It compels us to do or feel something positive. We like it because it’s warm and fuzzy and it makes us feel good. Sometimes it even moves us to make lasting changes in our lives, to do something kind for someone or to try something new. But most of the time, it’s a feeling (often in the form of a “flash”) that meets our needs of the moment, then promptly leaves. And life goes on.

There’s a huge market of books available to readers who want to be inspired. I don’t want mine to join the ranks.

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It all depends on how you define “inspiration”.

At least, this was my position as I was preparing to write this blog post. But isn’t it funny how our understanding of a word can dictate our convictions?

Then I read this about inspiration on Jessica’s blog, Apples of Gold.

If you take away nothing else from her post, remember this:

In other words, inspired meant the Holy Spirit was influencing thought and stimulating action.

-Jessica, Apples of Gold

I was *inspired* by this quote. 😉

I definitely want the Holy Spirit to influence thought and stimulate action in my readers.

So what’s the deal? Does Jordy Leigh write to inspire, or does she not?

  • I write so that you might feel a strong connection with the main character, walk a season of life alongside him/her and learn about the character of God together with them.
  • I write so that you might be moved to a fuller understanding of who God is.
  • I write so that you might know God personally or – if you already do – so that you might know Him deeper.

Does that require the Holy Spirit to influence thought and stimulate action? Most certainly! Without Him, my novels will be trivial stories, if that. So in that sense of the word, I do write to inspire.

But if we’re referring to a pleasant, warm-fuzzy for the sole sake of feeling good, then no, I don’t write to inspire.

Ultimately it comes down to this: I write so that God might somehow be honoured through my writing.

Let’s chat

  • How do you explain/describe/feel about inspiration?
  • What book has moved you to action in the past (not simply filled you with pleasant feelings)?
  • What one thing impassions you the most? How can you spur on fellow men, women, boys and girls to a similar passion?
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4 thoughts on “Why I (Sort of) Write to Inspire

    1. The last part of your comment – that’s a really good way to think about our writing. “we should write so that God will be honoured in our works, and leave the inspiring up to Him.” Thanks for sharing, Emily! 🙂 I hadn’t thought of it in those terms.

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  1. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this, Jordy! I agree with you – I definitely want my writing to be influenced by God, rather than feel-good inspiration. Isn’t it amazing how the meanings of words change over time though?! Something that originally indicated God’s leading, now just means a whim.. And praise God my post could be an inspiration to you; it overwhelms me to see God working through my blog. He is amazing.

    Thanks again for this post, and keep on writing for God’s glory! xx

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    1. YES! It is amazing how much words – and language in general – change over time! I think it also reflects the direction of culture. And is it just me, or does it seem often to be changing for the worse. It’s, food for thought, anyway…
      And Jessica, thank you for your kind words. May we both praise God! 🙂

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