Writing Prompts: Messages

Week 1: Seeing is Believing: Do You Use Visual Messages?

In the fifth century, St. Patrick used the shamrock as a visual illustration for the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as he introduced Christianity to Ireland.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) You may not hand out shamrocks, but there are other ways you can introduce the message of Jesus Christ to others. Actions are visual. They speak loudly to those who need to know God.

Writing Prompt

Do your behaviors bring people to an understanding of Christ? Which ones? And which ones might you change to reflect Christ?


Week 2: Negative Messages – Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

 While growing up, you may have received negative comments about your actions or even about your personhood.  These comments can leave you with feelings of inadequacy.

But God sees your value. His word says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT).

Writing Prompt

Journal about negative messages you may still be carrying with you – and the truth from God about those messages.


Week 3: Your Identity – Whose Messages Do You Believe?

You may spend considerable time thinking you’re inadequate or giving yourself negative labels. Too often you may worry about what others think of you … and forget to consider what God thinks of you.

Just imagine how Gideon may have felt when, “The angel of the LORD appeared to him (Gideon) and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior!'” (Judges 6:12). Gideon told himself he was inadequate; God told him who he really is.

Writing Prompt

How do you think God sees you? Contrast His view to the negative labels you may use to identify yourself.


Week 4: Social Media Messages That Make You Miserable

If you spend time on social media, you’ve noticed friends sharing positive snapshots of their lives: photos of trips to sun-filled beaches … a child’s latest achievements … active social lives …

When your focus is on being a people-pleaser rather than a God-pleaser, comparing yourself to those posts can lead to heartache and disappointment. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man?” Paul writes in Galatians 1:10. “If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Writing Prompt

Journal your thoughts about this statement: “Maybe it’s more about God than it is about me.”