Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I am a Writer of Hope


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Being a writer of hope is something I’m making a deliberate effort to become. I think it’s something we all should consider. There is so much in our world these days that can lead to hopelessness if we let it.

Because our business is words, we have the ability to affect how others interpret the world. I’m not suggesting that we slant our viewpoint to something untrue, but rather that we take an honest look at the hope around us no matter what situation we’re viewing.

Being a Hope Writer Means:
  • Reminding others—and ourselves—that no matter what we’re facing, we can use it to make the world better or worse.
  • Reporting truth, but not forgetting that even the most difficult truth carries within it the seed of possibility.
  • Remembering to be kind. We should always take time to make sure what we’re writing isn’t running others down.
  • Remembering to be respectful. There are always two sides to every issue. Even when we disagree, we can do it without attacking one another.
  • Repeating the fact that no situation is ever permanently bad. We all face struggles and stress, but nothing lasts forever.
  • Redefining possibilities. Just as every situation has multiple possibilities, it’s our job as writers to bring those to light.
  • Releasing the misconceptions we hold onto so tightly. We have to first take an honest look around us before we can share truth with others.
  • Reinventing our own personal attitude. Unless we subscribe to the attitude of hope, it’s hard to encourage others.
  • Reminding others of God’s ability to redeem anyone and any situation.
These are the precepts I’m trying to apply to every thing I write. What would you add to the list? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the the comments section below.

Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

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9 comments:

  1. What a blessing you are Ms. Edie. Our words bring hope, I think, because of who we place our hope, trust, and dependence in. When we are in a right relationship with God, He helps us to reflect Him upon the world by giving it hope through our words, seasoned with His love. God's blessings to you lady for the hope you bring to this world with each page your readers turn. I am grateful and blessed to be counted among them.

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  2. Thank you, Edie! Being deliberate about time with Jesus flows hope into my writing. This list will help me check myself. Having an online presence is a challenge in that you don't know many of the people you interact with personally. We all need ways to double Dibble check ourselves😁

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    1. I have a new phrase Ms. Julie... "Double-Dibble checking" I love it ma'am. That's better than "Inspector 13" in the old Hanes(r) commercials. Have a good 'un

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  3. Thanks I needed that. ;) I also write (and have a blog, and a website) and some days I think I lose track of where I should be at. Donevy

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  4. I want to be a writer of hope too!
    Blessings, Edie!

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  5. I pray my writing will be filled with hope. From my WIP to my blog posts, I pray whoever reads my writing will be given hope in Him.

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  6. Thank you for such an encouraging, applicable post, Edie.

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  7. Thank you for the encouragement, Edie!

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  8. Thank you Edie, this was such a blessing and just what we all need to hear. Hope is everything, especially in the darkest hour and times of struggle. Thanks again!

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