I recently read about eliminating distance in writing by cutting out filter words and was able to create an analogy to answer a spiritual question.
Try to follow me.
Filter words create distance between the reader and the story and pull the reader out of a deep emotional experience. By cutting filter words, the reader is drawn into the story and holds on to a meaningful connection with the character.
So, jumping back to the spiritual. Here’s the question. How can we repair the breach between God and us?
How did I use eliminating distance by cutting out filter words as an example to answer this question?
I’ll start by saying, “Don’t put distance between yourself and God. Cut out all the filters.”
How do we do that?
In literature, I often see writers use modals. For instance.
I could hear God.
Usually, the sentence is written this way when a character is in a hazy state or is about to pass out. They can hear but can’t see, and writers like to make sure the readers know it.
But the modal can or could is not necessary.
Let’s go a step farther.
I heard God.
You still might not be able to see God, but you definitely hear Him. But why use the filter word? Heard is passive, creating distance once again between the reader and the story.
So what’s next?
Try writing it this way.
God speaks to me.
The writer has cut out the filter word. The sentence is active. God speaking to the character is a sure thing. It’s written in a powerful way.
So we go from hazily hearing God to hearing Him to acknowledging the He speaks to us.
Let’s pretend the filter words are a metaphor for something in our lives that creates distance between God and us. What can we cut out to restore or strengthen the relationship? What in our lives bogs us down, only letting us vaguely hear promptings? What blocks the connection between Deity and us? What keeps us from drawing closer to God and having a deep abiding trust in Him? How can we have an active relationship with God?
The first step is acknowledging the things we need to do to repair the breach, whatever it may be. And then act. If we do these things and ponder the above questions, we can have a greater relationship with our Father in Heaven.