“Take every thought captive to obey Christ.”-
2 Corinthians 10:5
Puritan poetess Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) echoed the Apostle Paul’s worldview mandate when she wrote in “Meditations Divine and Moral”:
There is no object that we see, no action that we do, no good that we enjoy, no evil we feel or fear, but we may make some spiritual advantage of all; and he that makes such improvement is wise as well as pious.
Bradstreet turned to poetry as the medium through which she sought to “make some spiritual advantage of all.” Her range of subjects was broad, as is reflected in the titles of some of her poems: “The Four Seasons,” “A Dialogue Between Old England and New,” “Upon a Fit of Sickness,” and “To My Dear and Loving Husband.” She creatively brought her faith to bear on everything from creation to politics, from sickness to family relationships.
Writing is a good way to hone your worldview. Reflecting on any topic in a distinctively Christian way with the goal of expressing your observations in words is a discipline worth cultivating. The result can take many forms. Like Anne Bradstreet, you might try your hand at poetry. Or, you could write a letter to the editor or make an entry in your spiritual journal. You might compose a prayer in which your reflection is transformed into praise and thanksgiving. Whichever medium you choose, the process of thoughtful composition may help you grow in both wisdom and piety.
Follow in the footsteps of Anne Bradstreet. Take up the challenge today to observe, reflect, and to write your worldview.
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