When God Shakes Things Up
Striving to Grow in My Writing Journey
by Joanne Troppello
When God shakes things up in your life, you have two choices: jump in or jump out. Five weeks ago, God shook things up in my writing journey. I read an article by Top Medium writer, Sinem Gunel that resonated with me. I hadn’t read any articles or published anything on my Medium account in months.
Sure, I’d earned some money there, but success failed to come in the timeframe I needed. Bills came due. I needed to write for higher compensation, so I turned back to writing for various Content Creation companies I’ve written for in the past.
Then I read her inspiring article, and everything changed.
My mindset got rebooted by reading her encouraging words. I devoured every word of her year and a half journey toward becoming a top writer at Medium. I knew I wanted that too. Yet, I failed miserably since I’d started writing there last March 2020.
“Everything begins from the mind, including change. So, if you want to alter your life, you have to start with your mindset.” – Alexi Weaver
Since reading Sinem’s article, I have voraciously watched many of her YouTube videos and completed her free 5-day email course. It’s not in my budget yet to take her 6-week course. However, I’ve mentally scheduled that on my agenda for the future.
The shift change in my mindset impacted the way I want to write my articles now. I’ve already been on a journey of vulnerability in my writing. Yet, now, more than ever, I want to keep the readers at the forefront of my focus when writing.
Sure, writing enables me to vent during stressful times and share my heart. However, I want to always deliver a message that resonates with readers. Some of the ways I’ve decided to change my writing include the following: crafting better headlines, using active, not passive voice, providing educational content, and growing through my mistakes.
Your mindset affects your behavior in a positive or negative way. When you focus on positive things like blessings in your life, reading the Bible, and praising God, that can positively impact your mindset. When you focus on complaints, what you lack, and how you think God is not working in your life, that negatively impacts your mindset.
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of theLord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. – I Cor. 2:10-16 (NKJV)
In this passage, you see that the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God (verse 10). That’s the same way that your spirit knows the deep things inside you (verse 11). As a Christian, the Holy Spirit is within you to guide you. Yet, you need to tap into the invaluable well of the Holy Spirit who can empower your spiritual journey—and personal growth.
I love how this passage ends with the statement, but we have the mind of Christ. I want to have the mind of Christ in all aspects of my life. To see the world as He sees people, through redemptive eyes. To love as He loves. To feel other’s pain as He does.
I fail many times in having the mind of Christ, but God redeems even those times in my life. I’m grateful for new beginnings each day as I experience His grace.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.