The Spirituality of Writing
A few weeks ago, I posited, “everything is spiritual.” This idea did not originate with me, nor is it a new one, but it is worthy of adoption as a personal outlook on life, a guiding perspective.Writing can be a good spiritual or a not so good spiritual—it can build up or it can tear down—but regardless it is all spiritual. Click To Tweet
Following that thought, I view all writing as spiritual, too. Writing can be a good spiritual or a not so good spiritual—it can build up or it can tear down—but regardless it is all spiritual. As a writer, I’ve been noticing what the Bible says about writing. Here are some that I’ve made note of so far:
On research: “I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account.” – Dr Luke (Luke 1:2-3)
On frivolous writing: “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. ” – King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
On brevity: “The fool multiplies words” – King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 10:14) and “I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language.” – Paul (1 Corinthians 14:19)
On clarity: “Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying?” – Paul (1 Corinthians 14:9)
On understanding: “I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” – Job (Job 42:3)
These verses are not only helpful to a writer, but to anyone who communicates—and we all communicate. All our communication is spiritual; may it be spiritually beneficial.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of manmade traditions and practices. Read more in his blog, books, and personal weekly email updates.
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