Since I’m a Christian author, I want to include my Savior in my stories. I do have my characters share the Gospel, listen to a short sermon in church, or seek advice; but one of my favorite ways to accomplish this is modeling a relationship with Christ in their everyday lives.
When we first watched the Jimmy Stewart movie You Can’t Take It With You, we were struck by the way the father of the family prayed. He talked to God as His friend.
Sometimes I think we can tend to move along in our stories and suddenly remember, “Oh, wait. I’m not a humanist. This character can’t do it on his own! He’ll pray, and then it will work out.”
Basically calling 911. That’s no relationship.
What happened to praising God for everyday gifts? Ordinary things? Asking Him to help find mayonnaise in the refrigerator? Chatting about struggles in how to treat a friend properly?
I’m not very good at this in my own life much less in my stories. After all, stories are about conflict; so naturally it’s hard to slow down to have a character read their Bible and pray about something other than that huge plot point that just happened.
It’s fine for them to pray about the life-altering wringer you are putting them through (I’m looking at you, author!) but let’s bring God into the everyday joys and struggles. Let’s have the character pray for mayonnaise or sing a joyful hymn. (Like Aggie does!) Maybe show them going to church. I even put a sticky note on Kiera’s mirror reminding her to read her Bible, since the struggle is real. 😉
What do you think? Do you have any tips to share?