It’s Jesus.

I could just end the blog right there—and maybe I should. There’s really nothing you can do in your own power that will completely rid you of the insidious whisper inside your head. The one that tells you you’ll never be good enough. Of course, there are things you can do that will help (like these 3 practical tips). But you’ll always struggle with this unless you invite the voice of Jesus to speak past the lies your inner critic speaks.

My Journey

My inner critic is like a rat. It slips into the room, scurries along the walls, and waits patiently until I look down and notice it nibbling on my shoelaces. I shriek, scramble up on my desk, and begin to chuck objects at it as it darts expertly around the room. Once it’s satisfied with the mess I’ve made, it darts out the door, calling, “Lovely to see you again! I’ll be back soon!”

Every project I have, at some point or another, sends me crawling into my closet. I inch to the very back, shove the shoes to the side, pull out my phone, and call my friend, Shelby.

She usually answers within the first couple of rings and before she even has a chance to say, “Hey, love!” I’m rattling on about how terrible my current novel is. I rant about how I can’t believe I ever thought I had talent and that this time, this time for sure, my reputation will be ruined, my mentor disgusted with my inability, and my friends ashamed to be associated with me.

I really, really, really wish I was exaggerating these details.

And every time, without fail, Shelby listens. She waits patiently for me to get all my negativity out, then huffs out a laugh and asks, “Didn’t you say this about your last novel?”

In the moment, I genuinely believe what I’m saying. But it is not what God says about my writing or about me.

In those moments, I make a choice—and I often choose to agree with the condemning voice of the enemy. Not my best move.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Chris Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:1

In her article, Dr. Gail Berner states 10 facts about your inner critic. She doesn’t include Jesus or the enemy in any of these facts, but you can see Jesus present in the truth behind them. He often speaks the same truths in His word, too.

We have a choice to listen to the enemy or to listen to Jesus. To invite the enemy to speak over our writing or to invite Jesus to speak over our writing.

This is a choice we have in every aspect of our lives, not just our craft. Are you going to let the enemy condemn you? Are you going to agree with his lies and hate? Or are you going to speak the truth over the lies? Memorize scripture to pull out of your pocket to chuck at the rat when it inevitably scurries past you.

The #1 way to fight past your inner critic is to invite Jesus into your writing—but more than that, to invite Jesus into your life.

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