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The Data: It’s More Than Just Numbers

Award-winning writer Kathy Widenhouse has helped hundreds of nonprofits and writers produce successful content and has gained 600K+ views for her writing tutorials. She is the author of 9 books. See more of Kathy’s content here.

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A Word From The Word

Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. (Mark 6:34, NLT)

A Word For Writers

“Jesus loved data.” That statement by writer Abby Perry gave me pause. 

But it’s true. Data is more than numbers and statistics. It’s also facts and information, which Jesus gathered regularly. 

Look at just a few ways He collected different kinds of information and what He did with it.

  • He studied previous works: Jesus listened to teachers of the law. He took that knowledge and grew in wisdom (Luke 2).
  • He made observations: Jesus saw a huge crowd and observed that they were lost. He began teaching them (Mark 6).
  • He asked questions: Jesus asked the lame man, “Do you want to get well?” Then He listened to the man’s problem and healed him (John 5).

The data you collect allows you to understand what’s going on and make a plan for the next step in your writing. 

Jesus used different methods to gather all kinds of data. Then he used it. So can we.

A Wise Word

Gather a variety of data in a variety of ways to use as you write.

A Word To Pray

Gracious Lord,

Information is plentiful. You’ve given me many ways to collect it. Help me to do my part to be alert and thorough to get complete data to use as I write.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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