God’s Truth and Grace; Why I Love Trochia

Written by: Dani Nichols

Anne Lamott, a famous writing coach, has said that to write is to tell the truth. It’s a romantic notion, of course, and as a writer myself I love the idea of writing something brave and truthful. But it’s actually not true, any more than “to speak is to tell the truth”. Because when we write or speak, the medium is dependent on our intellect, our belief system, our worldview, our emotions – and we all know how it feels to be unmoored when one or more of these aspects become unbalanced. When our worldview slips to one side, or our emotions rise like stormy seas, suddenly what comes from our mouths and our minds is a bit less truthful or balanced than we might wish.

But that struggle is why I love Trochia, and why I’m passionate about my role here. By the way, I’m Dani, the managing editor of Trochia.

I came on board shortly after Ines launched this site, and was instantly captivated by the vision – a place where creative people come together to tell the ultimate truth – God’s truth – in a beautiful, compelling, winsome way.

In most publications, the managing editor holds the voice and worldview of the publication tightly, as I do for Trochia. But what’s different about Trochia is that we anchor our worldview, and our voice, in something much greater than one person’s creative vision or the marketplace void we see. We are anchored in God’s Word – the only real source of truth and wisdom.

As an editor, it’s a privilege to point to Scripture regularly, and challenge our writers and communicators to tell the truth –the whole truth, God’s truth drenched by his grace– in a way that reveals something about ourselves, that welcomes others in and that offers life and hope to a world in desperate need of it.

These verses give me inspiration as I edit and write for Trochia:

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.  Ephesians 4:11-16

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.  Colossians 4:5-6

The goal of Trochia is to speak the truth in love, walk in wisdom, and offer gracious, loving equipping for all Christians.

God is not surprised by the struggles we face or the questions we are asked. He is not cowed by bullies nor intimidated by crowds. He has given us the tools we need to overcome any obstacle and, like so many heroes of faith in his word, answer those who doubt or question – even our own fears – with grace, humility, love and peace.

This is why I love being a part of Trochia. Because every week I get the front-row seat to God’s word, taught through the lens of human experience and wisdom, by this team of incredible mentors. Every day I am honored to help carry the mission of Trochia, because I know it’s a message that I also need to hear.

I hope that you are encouraged by this site and by the great work of our creative team. If there’s ever a topic you want us to address, or if you’d like to consider writing or podcasting for us, please use the Contact Us form to get in touch.

Thank you for reading our content every week, it’s an honor to write and edit for you.

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