The Elements of Style (fourth edition)
Approach to Style
2. Write in a way that comes naturally. (page 70)
Write in a way that comes easily and natural to you, using words and phrases that come readily to hand. But do not assume that because you have acted naturally your product is without flaw. The use of language begins with imitation. The infant imitates the sounds made by its parents; the child imitates first the spoken language, then the stuff of books. The imitative life continues long after the writer is secure in the language, for it is almost impossible to avoid imitating what one admires. Never imitate consciously, but do not worry about being an imitator; take pains instead to admire what is good. Then when you write in a way that comes naturally, you will echo the halloos that bear repeating.
‘take pains instead to admire what is good’. This sentence gave me chills.
It made me think of Jesus and how Christians are imitators of what is good too! and admirers of God :)
But we are to consciously imitate Him by trusting and depending on the power of the enabling help of the Spirit. Before all the imitating and admiring though, we must know what is good and what is bad. I pray that God will give us discernment and conviction in our hearts to learn to know who God is…
“We have seen how He is the Creator of both the magnitude of the galaxies and the complexity of caterpillars. But what is He like? What are His characteristics? What are His defining attributes? How are we to fear Him? To speak to Him?” (Crazy Love by Frances Chan p.3o) The chapter goes on to explain. I’ll save that for later;) I think even asking myself these questions set me aback. I pray God will graciously push me to learn His word more and more in humility and joy.
Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.