Give me Your eyes for just one second,
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing.
Give me Your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the brokenhearted,
The ones who are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.
Something I’ve struggled with in my writing is how to write about things that are True rather than things that are Nice. I think a lot of Christian fiction is too Nice. In an effort to keep things clean or meet certain industry standards, it seems like things can stay too superficial or get that sort of “fluffy pink and purple” feeling. I’ve wondered how to deal with that since I am a Christian writing fiction, and I don’t want to put a lot of senseless trash in my stories just for the sake of being realistic, but I also don’t want my book to feel flat or too easy.
Thinking about this has caused me to examine what my worldview really is, because writing fiction has a way of exposing what the author really thinks about life and relationships and how the world works. I have found my characters in situations where I wonder how to get them out: I’ve had to ask myself how I really think marriages work, if a good mother can have bad reactions to her children or if that makes her a bad mother, if being an outsider is a fact or a perception. I’ve grappled quite a bit with how multi-faceted people are as I tried to make my characters likeable even when they have bad qualities or do horrible things.
The song quoted at the top of this post resonates with me. It’s not about writing, obviously, but it’s similar to the way I think about writing. I think that as a Christian the best thing I can do with my fiction is show life in a realistic way, but through the lens of love and redemption that Jesus makes possible. If I ever get a book finished and anyone ever reads it, I hope that the reader will take away a better understanding of different people, and that no matter how mean or brokenhearted or lost we are, we can have hope.