We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Ephesians 2:10 (TPT)
Infinite Grace is Like a Perpetual Edit – The Edit Series – Part 7
When you’re a writer, there comes a time when you have to hand your work over to be edited. Yes, at a certain point you have to hand the words that you fought tooth and nail over to get out onto paper (or digital form), to someone else. And that person reads it. And that person edits it. They make little remarks and comments and cross things out and put suggestions in the margins. They even have the audacity to QUESTION some of it (who do these people think they are!). It's quite a harrowing process.
However, when your book gets edited, and you make the necessary changes, something magical happens: it gets better.
In a blog post she wrote back in 2015 called “On Becoming a Writer,” Jen Hatmaker said:
“Readers make you a better writer. Writing for readers makes you a better writer. This is not just about “developing a platform” (gag) but getting out of your own head and engaging with other human beings.“
So, let's jump from writing to life. Who gets to edit your life? Who do you hand the raw script of your soul over to?
The transaction isn’t as black and white as writing, but for our lives, I believe the best editing get’s done in relationship.
Community is life's best editor. It adds notes, congratulations, questions, crosses things out and adds things in. Community knows what's up. That’s why it's so important to open our lives and hearts up to others. We can do a certain amount of editing on our own… but there is nothing like the objective, gentle, and strong red pen of a good friend, mother, sister, boss.
And most of the time, editing isn’t advice. It isn't as obvious as that. Editing happens as we listen and take in situations, and ask ourselves how they made us feel physically, spiritually and emotionally. It’s allowing the story of others to mess us up our prejudices and cause us to question our long-held dogmas.
Editing your life happens while you live it.
And as all good writers know, nothing improves your work more than a good editor. So be open to the ‘becoming' that which others bring into your life.
And of course, there’s the Divine. Who edits our lives as we remain present to him in us, around us and through us: awake, aware, and alive.
“We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!”
God doesn’t edit our lives because they are bad, or fallen, or wrong. Infinite grace is like a perpetual edit that bring us closer to our truest selves, our destiny and the good works we were designed to do to fulfill it.