Sort of a random hopscotch of topics, sure, but there were figurative chalk lines connecting my thoughts, I promise. Thought I’d share today…
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on rewrites for my debut novel, Made to Last. And oh my goodness, I am so incredibly thankful for the expertise of the editors at Bethany House whose feedback, questions and suggestions helped take this book to the next level. Throughout the process of implementing their thoughts, I turned all mushy with gratefulness. (My editor can attest to it. I sent her a totally gushy email on the day I began working on edits)
See, I’d worked so hard on Made to Last before it was contracted. I revised the thing over…and over…and over. I rewrote, revised, and edited until I was simply…done. I’d taken it as far as I could on my own. I was so close to the characters and the story that it was hard looking at it in any kind of distanced, big-picture way anymore.
When I received the revision letter from my editor, I realized she and the other editor who'd reviewed my story were able to see this novel through a completely different lens. They offered a big picture, reader perspective, which I so craved. And though they didn't ask me to completely rewrite the book or cut out any characters or do anything huge, they pinpointed weak spots and showed me how to play up strengths even further. They saw what I couldn't see...
And it was in one of my "Thank you, Lord, for editors!!" moments, when my spiritual ears sorta perked up as this thought hit me:
What editors have done for my story...that’s exactly what the Holy Spirit does for my life.
It's true, isn't it? In the Bible, Jesus promises us a Counselor to teach us all things. The Holy Spirit is like a life editor…seeing the big picture of our lives, the things we can't see, all the ins and outs of the journey we’re on…and he’s there to help smooth out our life plots and deepen our characters, to take our stories in the right direction.
I love that. And I really, strongly believe that when we give the Spirit control of our lives, we do see supernatural results. We live lives that make the world take notice. And our stories, as Christ-followers, hit a whole new level of purpose and shine.
The key...the key is remembering we aren't writing our life stories alone.
What do you think? Can you think of ways the Holy Spirit has helped "edit" your life?
p.s. I turned in Made to Last edits last week. Woohoo!