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An online devotional for writers
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. (Matthew 11:15, NLT)
Ideas are everywhere. Capturing them is part of the writing process.
Imagine all kinds of words, images, and conversations fluttering around in the air — and that you are able to capture them and make them understandable.
That’s what an antenna does.
An antenna receives signals from a transmitting mobile device, radio, or television station and then translates those signals into data that people can use.
When “the receiving antenna is up,” it is ready to accept information from incoming senders, like telephone callers or radio waves or a news broadcast.
When “the receiving antenna is down,” it cannot receive signals. Transmissions are sent but they don’t get through because the antenna is not able to fulfill its important role: processing the signal.
The antenna is the go-between that connects the transmitting signal and the end user.
As a writer, you are the antenna — the go-between.
Just as telephones and radio stations and television programs regularly send out transmitting signals, God regularly sends out signals, too. Are you receiving them?
Jesus said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”(Matthew 11:15, NLT). All people have been given ears. But those who want to hear from God make a conscious choice to listen and understand. To keep their antenna “up” in receiving mode.
Ideas are a gift from God. Don’t make the mistake of believing you’ll think of the idea again when you’re ready to write.
Instead, make a decision to be an antenna and receive the ideas God continually sends to you.
And write them down as part of the writing process.
Train yourself to capture ideas.
Thank you that you continually reach out to me and send me ideas. Let me do my part. Give me ears to hear ideas from you.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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