By: Staci Stallings
After watching a motivational speech the other day about purpose and what you believe and how that impacts your work and how that influences your life, I got to thinking about my writing. What do I believe about people, about life, about love, about faith, about hope…? And on and on.
What do I believe?
So in the spirit of helping myself answer that question, here are some things I believe and therefore write about:
I believe that broken people are redeemable, and God is in the redemption business.
I believe that relationships should be about more than getting to that first kiss or getting someone into bed with you. I believe that real love relationships teach us to become the best version of ourselves–healthy, strong, faith-filled, inspired, and inspiring.
I believe that too often we push people down because of our own insecurities and brokenness. I believe it is in healing ourselves that we learn the value of helping others to heal.
I believe that life is not fair, and that’s the point. I believe we will each come to places that challenge us to rise above who we think we are to become who we were always meant to be. If life was “fair,” that would not happen, and we would never be given the adversity we need to learn to grow.
I believe that having a vision for your life is incredibly important, but too many times, our vision is denigrated and snuffed out before we even know we have it. So we walk through life with grayed out emotions, barely skirting the edge of depression and anxiety. I believe we look to out there to fix in here, and when we learn we’ve gotten it backwards and begin to work from the inside out, life really can and does change.
I believe God gave each of us a special gift that the world tries to talk us out of. I believe God’s plan for each of us is to sell what the world would have us believe to buy that field with the precious pearl of the amazingness God put in us.
I believe inspiration can and should come from two avenues—the Holy Spirit and each other. I believe when we waste God’s plan for us, we aren’t just hurting ourselves but also those around us who were meant to be inspired by our reaching for the ultimate good God had planned for us.
I believe to learn to handle hardship, turmoil, and difficulties, we have to deal with the hardships, turmoil and difficulties that come our way. We learn to deal with life by actually dealing with life.
I believe we are all endowed by our Creator, not just with unalienable rights, but also with amazing possibility and potential. I believe God gave us that potential and that He is right there ready to help us learn to use it, but it is up to us to make the choices and do the work to get where He wants us to go.
I believe the point of life is not to be perfect. The point is to get in there, try, make mistakes, learn from the mistakes, do better, be better, forgive, love, and to see beyond whatever is standing in our way.
I believe we all have the right to dream, to think outside of what is to what could be.
I believe we should be aiming at eternity and making learning about God a top priority. I believe it really makes a profound difference in our life when we do that.
I believe that two or three working toward a goal with God can be all-but unstoppable.
I write pointing toward the world I believe in, starting where a person is and pointing them to eternity.
So my question, dear readers, is this: What do you believe? What is it about Christian Romance that inspires you to hope that your beliefs can be realized?
Please share so we can be inspired by YOU!