Lately I've been thinking about the importance of guarding our minds. My high school Bible teacher always used to say that the mind it is where the battle takes place, and it's so true. Actions are just ripe thoughts, really.
As writers, we bear a special responsibility to guard our hearts and minds. Popular literary theory would suggest that there is no intrinsic connection between an author and his or her work, but I disagree with that completely. In my opinion, you can't escape your own preoccupations, and your values will find their way into your writing whether you intend for them to or not.
So just a reminder, as the Bible says, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." It's important to write your characters as flawed--otherwise, they'll be boring--but remember we also hold a high calling to let a light shine through our writing, especially as inspirational authors, and the best way to do that is to guard our minds in the first place.
How have you found your thoughts working to shape your actions in our own life?