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.
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?
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.
- 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?