Today’s entry on the Nine Fruits of the Spirit is on Joy, Patience, Peace and Kindness, however I am inclined to approach it differently for this post as I have experienced them firsthand.
I work full time in an office since those pesky bills keep visiting me every month. It’s a fact of life while living as a mortal human on ‘earth school’, but a gal can dream right?
Months ago, my department hired a contractor to help us with our workload. To my joy, he is a fellow writer but focuses on Science Fiction. I write low Fantasy in a first-person point of view.
As for me, I use a program to help me with grammar and all the nuances of writing. He writes in third person point of view and hires an editor.
I jumped at the chance to see what he thought of my first novel since he’s a writer with access to a professional editor.
Yeah, I felt like Oliver Twist when he said I should rewrite my novels from the first to the third person.
First-person point of view is when the character is telling the story. It’s very intimate to be privy to their thoughts and feelings. I want the reader to become emotionally connected with the characters, even with their flaws. I want them to love them or detest them. I hope to stir something in my readers.
Third person is a little more distant, and you do not know the character’s thoughts. The reader is as oblivious as the character. The emotional connection is farther away.
So, feeling deflated as an artist, I unpublished my novels and began the arduous task of a rewrite. Today I completed the rewrite of third chapter on the first book and I hate the new format.
The Fruits of the Spirit popped into my head as I groaned internally to begin chapter 4.
How is this related?
“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
I found no joy while I toiled and my desire to write plummeted. Because I was trying to change my writing voice of the gift God gave me, I suffered. I tried to be patient with the rewrite, but I had to drag my sorry behind to the computer to do it.
I became a little annoyed with his ‘kindness‘ too while I suffered in silence. I was wrong to feel wrath at his gesture, even though he hadn’t considered my feelings. After chapter two, I released my pent up sorrow, impatience, wrath, and suffering to Jesus. I shared everything I was feeling about it, and that I felt bad to snub my nose at this man’s kindness. I almost gave up writing because of it. I felt like I wasn’t a skilled enough writer.
The Lord reminded me of a few things
I received 5/5 and 4/5 stars in the editorial reviews on my two books. They even invited me to take part in a contest to win a publishing contract. In the final round, I was in the top ten. I didn’t win the contract, but a professional publisher felt my writing voice was good enough.
Do you know it was shortly after my conversation with the Lord, that the man apologized for not supporting my writing voice?
It’s funny how easily I brushed off my self worth as a writer over the opinion of one person. One person who I felt was more important than me due to his writing skills. Sure, his skills are better than mine, and I learned a few things too. But still.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” ~ Colossians 3:23
I continued on my rewrite path until I received a thunk on the head today…. I can be a wee bit stubborn, and will thank the angel tasked with watching over me for his/her patience.
I am changing the point of view back to first person and will focus on a few tips my fellow writer provided. I even feel giddy about it! I feel like ‘me’ again. Does that make sense?
Today I learned the value of Joy, Peace, Kindness, and Patience in this one experience.
Patience: Although I lost faith in myself, the Lord hadn’t lost his in me. His patience knows no boundaries.
Kindness: Although I felt wrath in somebody’s kindness, I acknowledged and accepted it, then let it go. The Lord knew I’d come around sooner or later.
Joy: Although I lost joy in the craft I loved since I was twelve years old, and almost threw it all away, I found it again. The Lord reminded me of the Gift I was given from God. Each and every one of us was given a Gift to use as HE wills.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:2
Final Food for thought
Have you learned the value of Joy, Peace, Kindness, and Patience in one experience? Share in the comments below.
Peace be with you my brother and sisters in Christ. I love you all.