The new year is a time of change and transition. For some, it’s no more than a changing of the page on the calendar, true. For others, though, it’s a time of making plans, changing the way we see ourselves, and modifying life habits so that we become more like who we want to be.
Those seasons of change and transition happen all the time, though, right? They’re not limited to the new year.
I was talking to a gal recently who is in a major season of transition in her life – and she’s worried about getting it wrong. About making the wrong choice. About her life being long-term impacted by a wrong choice.
At the end of the day, the best way to make good life choices, is to be walking in God’s will. While we all might have different ideas about how to know God’s will (I would say Scripture is a major one, for example), I think we can all agree that being in God’s will is better than the alternative.
There are all kinds of major life decisions, right? I can also say with confidence that, the older I get, the more perspective I have on some of those decisions. What I thought was major when I was eighteen is not so much on the major list today. But it was major to me then, so it still counts. 😉
where to go to college
first big job
who your closest friend are
who to marry
when (or if) you should have kids
when to retire
where to retire to
So many life choices!
Let’s focus in on one today, though. You can probably guess which one. After all, it’s kind of in the name of the blog here…
In Christian romance, it’s important that the romance actually be believable, right? So what makes a believable romance in fiction? What sorts of romances really grip you?
I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before – but I like the slow-burn romance. I like to see a relationship develop over time. I like to see the characters go through ups and downs and face trials together as their relationship deepens. It’s in those ups and downs of life that we get to see who someone really is, and to me, that’s an important part of romance. Even though it doesn’t sound all that romantic now that I’m typing it out. 😂
Regardless, it’s hard for me to be emotionally invested in characters who just blink and suddenly know that this is the person God has for them. But that’s my personal preference and is not at all definitive in the world of fiction.
So tell me – is it important to you that the characters in a Christian romance know that the other person is someone God has for them? And if so, how is that conveyed? What do you want to see characters saying or doing to show that God is part of their decision-making process?
Or if you’d rather – if you have a story to share, tell me how you knew that the special someone in your life was the person God had for you?
Happy New Year, everyone! May your year be filled with the grace and goodness of God.