Georgia Shaffer

Georgia Shaffer

Georgia Shaffer from Pennsylvania

Recently I read a blog for singles written by a woman who was obviously still bitter about a man she had dated. Her sarcasm and biting comments about men in general and one man in particular offended me.

Her post caused me to stop and reflect on who I am and how my writing might negatively impact my readers.  Am I carrying unforgiveness or deep resentments? Do I have any hurts, feelings of betrayal or frustrations that I have ignored but are slowly seeping out in what I write?

Reading that article reminded me how our failure to deal with these hurts, insecurities, or disappointments in a proper fashion not only adversely impacts our emotional and spiritual well-being but can even put off those who read what we write.

If you want to positively influence others, then you need to be intentional about clearing out negative attitudes, thoughts, and feelings. As the writer of Hebrews suggests in chapter 12, verse 1, we want to “throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles.” It’s our awareness of what we’re holding onto along with the commitment to take action that enables us to get rid of our junk. Read More →