Wishing you US readers a happy and safe Fourth of July, friends! What a joy it’s been to hear from some of you these last few weeks! You are so gracious with your kind comments about my writing. Half the time I’m certain you must be mixing me up with someone else! 😉
A number of my readers have commented on how realistic my flawed characters are in my novels. Let me share a little more about that.
It’s Just Me
I started my early storytelling without much grammatical or spelling skill whatsoever. But I knew to write what I know, and I’ve stuck with that, even if it means learning new things in order to write better.
There are many flawed characters in my novels because it’s what I know; I know what it means to have flaws. Though I’m in full-time ministry, I’m merely a disciple like all of you faithful Christians. My sins have been forgiven completely, and I walk in the freedom of Christ Who gives me new life. Yet I haven’t attained perfection, nor will I, as long as the principle of sin dwells in the flesh of this broken vessel, which will be dealt with ultimately in death. Until then, I reckon the flesh dead, and count on God’s grace to govern my life.
In Spite of Flaws
Christ redeemed us, and He reconciled us to Himself, not because of sin, but in spite of sin, that we would be fellow heirs of the riches He alone has to offer.
So the next time you read about another flawed character in my novels, the flaws are there because I know flaws intimately. Yet it’s our flaws that drive us to the Cross. And since looking at our flaws will never make us stronger, we don’t look back but we look forward, to stand on the promise of becoming new creations in Christ! I pray that my flawed characters are examples of this as well.
See you on the next page, flaws and all!
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