A Random Thought On Writing and Self-reflection

Is self-reflection a good thing?  I don’t understand myself, will thinking about it help, or foster a form of selfishness and depression?  Shouldn’t I just think about the Lord and let all the rest of me fall into place?  But how can I write if I don’t understand the human nature?  And who better to examine than myself?  Or is this in itself an example of human nature?  What is the balance?

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2 Responses to A Random Thought On Writing and Self-reflection

  1. Mama says:

    I think self-reflection is a part of human nature and necessary to a flourishing life. I believe the proper method of self-reflection is in light of scripture, and that it is right to consider our thoughts and deeds in order to judge those areas in which we have done righteously or otherwise, and to set our hearts to endeavor to choose the former evermore; determining that, upon discovering an error in thought or deed, which will no doubt be easily done as we all daily fail, we do not condemn ourselves and thereby tempt depression or frustration, for there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ, but rather, we must earnestly contend for a heart to be always ready to receive God’s unending grace and gift of right-standing, and determine to think and speak the truth about who we really are as God’s blameless child who has been set free from the bondage of sin and death. Next, I know that as a writer you have many samples of which to examine human nature: yes, your own heart and life, which is so very beautiful and dear, I can’t help but say; the hearts and lives of those who love you very deeply; as well as the hearts and lives of the admirable and odious characters in the pages of other well-written works as presented by excellent authors. And ultimately, yes…when dealing with frustration, confusion, worry…any burdens…cast all your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you…that is the balance you seek. As you consistently obey this command, letting go of your concerns comes quicker and easier. Let these words encourage and strengthen you: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3. “And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in Me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in Me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous (cheer up), for I have conquered the world!” John 16:33 TPT “Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 TPT “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Hymn by Helen Howarth Lemmel. I love you

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