In a sermon, a friend of mine used a powerful metaphor I’ve never forgotten and one applicable to the writing life.
A jewel thief broke into a jewelry store and didn’t steal a thing. Instead, he switched the price tags. The next day, in full view of the clerks and security cameras, he came in and bought the most valuable items for a pittance. And all the while, the store clerk thanked him for coming in.
This is how Satan has tricked our culture. We have sold the most valuable things—fidelity, honor, truth—for a pittance while placing too high a value on fleeting things—material goods, fame, appearance.
Like all good analogies, this one made me think. Many writers do the same thing with their writing ambitions.
Why do you write?
What drives you to pour out your heart, mind, and soul on a page? Some would say they write for art’s sake. Some for fame. Some write because they want to make easy money (ha!)—some for the thrill of holding their published book.
I suspect all are unwarily paying too high a price for trinkets that won’t matter in the light of eternity. They have fallen victim to switched price tags.
However, if you’re writing to please God and are doing so in ways and with craft designed to reach the hearts, minds, and souls of readers, you are spending your energy and love on true treasure.
Write to encourage love. Write to challenge complacency. Write to illustrate sacrificial love. Tell stories that take readers on an adventure and that teach them valuable life lessons.
Don’t preach—nudge. Trust the Spirit to teach.
Christian writers must not only be sincere, they must also be skillful. Dedicate yourself to the task. Make sure you’re investing in treasures with true value.
Angela Hunt knows little about jewelry, but she’s learned a lot about treasure. Visit her online.