By Yay Padua Olmedo

What would books or newspapers be without editors?

Almost incognito yet blessed with paaaaa-tience, they’re like forensic scientists scouring through a manuscript’s every word and phraseology to make sure the author’s intended message gets conveyed.

More than just minding a writer’s grammar, sentence construction and logic, the editor is also a psychologist who second-guesses an author’s intentions―all to make sure the reader gets his point.

Bluntly now: competent editors make writers, especially author-wannabes, seem flawless and smart.

A special shout-out to my editors Bezalie Uc-Kung, Lindy Hope, Karen Huang and Beng Alba-Jones for patiently poring through my book texts with laser eyes and hearts.

Our lives could use some editing too.

I had my own share of editing corporate newsletters in my past life. It was, to say the least, exhausting. I edited mercilessly (but with my clients’ blessing)―because company newsletters need to project an image of excellence and professionalism.

After an edit, manuscripts turn into easy-breezy reads―grammar ironed out, words pruned down, inactive sentences made active, syntax fixed. Perfect mind tools to de-stress, dream-boost, discover new stuff, or plain put you on sleep-mode while comfortably curled up in bed.

Our lives could use some editing too.

We long for easy-breezy days yet we fill them with so much stuff we could hardly breathe. Just like unedited text, we may be subsisting on unnecessary fillers or taking convoluted and messy turns―similar to hanging predicates which make sentences hard to comprehend.

Trying to impress or please people, wanting to acquire more so you work to the max and find no time for rest―these can make you lose your God-ordained flow and focus, with stress and toxicity gnawing at your joy.

Such was my novella until I met the best Editor of all. Jesus replaced my complaining with contentment, my fears with a peace and joy which could not be explained―in spite of my angst-filled situations.

He’s taught me to edit my own words and declarations too. I may get sick once in a while but I continue to confess Him my Healer, and so He does―immeasurably. How many times have I lacked? He’s become my provider, Jehovah Jireh, and has proven Himself so, many times over. Nowadays, peace guards my heart instead of worries.

Isaiah 45:2 “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.”

Jesus can even edit out one’s heart of stone, replace it with one attuned to Him.

Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

You too could entrust your own life story to the consummate Editor of all.

Yay believes that her purpose as a Christian is to become salt and light where God has placed her. Aside from teaching Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at Southville Foreign University in Las Pinas City, Philippines, she conducts motivational and business seminars and write inspirational materials. You can visit her blog at http://nuggetslifeslittlelessons.blogspot.com/

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