Having encouraged you all to be your best in my last post, I think it’s only right to let you know you’re going to make mistakes. I’m going to make mistakes. You can’t live life without making mistakes. Mistakes are what allow us to grow.
We need to keep a realistic attitude toward our imperfect nature and always remember to learn from our scew-ups. Otherwise, what’s the point of making them? That’s not to say, go ahead and be an idiot. Smoke, do drugs, get drunk. No. I mean make smart mistakes. Try something new and don’t be afraid to fail. 😉
On Sunday, during the Gospel reading, we heard about Lazarus. He’s the dead guy that Jesus raised from the dead, as you’ll remember. The priest emphasized one line that really struck me.
Martha said in John 11, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
I think this is beautiful. I have come to believe. We’re all a work in progress. We all need to work on having faith – we need to come to have faith. We all need to work on doing the right thing, having the courage to do it. We’ll need to keep working on improving ourselves all our lives.
I challenge you to speak the truth in your writing. I think that’s one way we can come to have faith and encourage others to have it as well. What’s the point of having it if we don’t do something with it? If we don’t do something to change the world for the better? Even if your novel doesn’t go anywhere big, but one person reads it and it inspires them in a positive way, what more could you ask for?
You just changed a human being’s entire mindset (possibly).
I think that’s fantastic.
So write honest. Write real. Include real struggles into your novel. People need to know they’re not the only one. Especially in today’s world.