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Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. (Colossians 3:10, NLT)
Is a novel just a story that entertains? Not if it’s a good one.
“Novels are about strong characters who have a problem to solve,” says best-selling author DiAnn Mills, who has more than 50 books in print. “It’s all about character.”
Over the course of a novel, characters grow and change. Take a look at Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Frank Baum, 1900). At the onset of the novel, she felt bound by her circumstances in monochromatic Kansas.
By the end of the story, she had discovered and used the skills she already possessed. And now, she freely chose to value her family, friends, and home. She had grown and changed as a result of the challenges and adventures she had in the novel.
The Christian life is a story of change.
The churchy term, of course, is sanctification. When we accept Christ, we become positionally holy. But then, as we face life circumstances. lean of God, and live out His Word, we change. We become more like Jesus.
Our own lives become a novel – one that is based on reality. It’s the story of life change.
A novel tells the story of life change.
I don’t want to stay stagnant. You give me a way to grow and change each day. Show me how to reflect that same kind of life transformation in the stories I write.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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