Friday, December 5, 2014

As Writers We Must Remember to Give ‘Em Hope

by Bruce Brady @BDBrady007

I love December. Although it’s the end of a year, we become excited, anticipating family gatherings, gift exchanges and better days to come. And as writers, we have the opportunity to give the gift of hope to a lot of folks.

The chilled air is filled with the hint of pine. Every night, homes and city streets come alive with twinkling lights and wintery scenes in store windows. Nearly every neighborhood has at least one home where Santa, his reindeer, and snowmen take up residency. 

Many of us uproot trees, plant them indoors, then adorn them with tinsel, ornaments, and candy canes. We hang stockings for Santa to fill and mistletoe in doorways so that we might express our love through pecks on cheeks or long passionate kisses. And it’s the time of year when most of us are just a little nicer to each other.

It’s also the time when many of us celebrate the birth of Christ. He lived only thirty-three years and was relatively unknown for all but the last three, but Jesus has influenced more lives than any other person in history. He epitomizes unconditional love and acceptance. And his message to us is simple: love God first and foremost, and love all people unconditionally. Then show them how to do the same.

Everyone has the right and need to know that they are loved by the creator of everything. He doesn’t care who they are or what they’ve done. He just wants to be the most loving father imaginable and bless them with every good thing.

Writers have a greater sphere of influence than most. Many of us have blogs, write articles and devotions, even books. Through our words, we can reach the hearts and minds of even the most callous people, and let them know there’s hope.

Because Jesus loves everyone, regardless of their pasts, he has blessed us with the awesome responsibility of sharing his desire to have a personal relationship with every man, woman and child. We can’t choose who gets to know him, that’s his job. We simply need to let them know that there is hope, no matter what.

Let’s do our best to love our readers through our words so they’ll know there is someone who cares. Let’s do what we can to assure them that their struggles will end and better days are ahead. Let’s give ‘em hope.

What are some ways you give your readers hope?

Remember to share your answers in the comments section so we can all benefit.


Bruce Brady is an author, writer and playwright. His work has appeared in Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family,, and on stage. Currently, Bruce is working on a Young Adult Novel about a boy who must deal with the death of his dad, being bullied, and helping his mom through her grief. His first five pages took third place in the ACFW South Carolina Chapter’s “First Five Pages” contest.

When he’s not writing, Bruce spends time learning from and helping other writers. He serves as Mentor of Word Weavers International’s Online Chapter, and as a member of Cross ‘N’ Pens, The Writer’s Plot, ACFW’s National and South Carolina Chapters.

“My dream is to entertain my readers and give them hope as they travel the rocky road of life.”


  1. Hmm, now you've got me thinking. :) Sometimes it's easy to forget about our calling; and, though I'm a big advocate of organic "witness", that doesn't mean we shouldn't be deliberate about it. Thanks, Bruce!

    1. Thanks Rachelle. Often "life" gets in the way and keeps many of us from our callings. Have a blessed week and write on.