First, I "got my one word" for the year (disciple), and then I started reading blogs where others shared their "one word."
All of this got me thinking...
What if we had only a few minutes to make an impact on someone...let's say, a stranger...and we had to have a conversation using only one word sentences?
If we didn't have the luxury of using words as if they were verbal diarrhea (like I too often do), would we take the time to consider our words before we use them?
Face it...when presenting the gospel, people don't want to be hit over the head with bible verses. Those verses mean nothing to those who don't want to hear them. They're just a bunch of words that maybe they've heard before, maybe they haven't. But just a bunch of words nonetheless...perhaps meaningless words.
And they don't want to have "religion" shoved down their throats with a lot of rules (more words) and they don't want to be told that their beliefs are wrong (more words).
Remember when you were a kid and you were given a lecture when you did something wrong? Or the teacher you had that droned on and on...mine was Mr. Trawney, whom we called, "Yawny Trawney." U.S. History at 7:30 AM with someone who is monotone is not the best way to retain information. All you hear is blahblahblah...or whawhawha...like the teacher in the Peanuts cartoon.
Words are very powerful. While a string of words can bore a person, one word has the capacity to wound and one word has the power to heal.
That's why the thought of a conversation using one word sentences captured my attention, so much so that I wrote a skit about two strangers who meet briefly while waiting for a bus. One has a hard heart, the other tries to get through...all using one word sentences. It's still a rough draft, a work in progress. Maybe it will be performed, and maybe it was simply an exercise for me...the woman of many words...to learn to choose my words wisely.
The words we use do need to be chosen very wisely and very carefully, especially if we only have a few moments to make an impact, and especially if we're only allowed one word.
Think about that today.
If you had to choose one word to make an impact in your world today, what would it be?
Because I'm so enthralled with this "one word" phenomenon, I'm going to dedicate some time this month to "one word." Each new post will focus on either one particular word, or some aspect of exploring words. Since I'm a word geek, I'm excited about this. I hope some of you, my readers are word geeks as well!
I don't know if it will last a month, a week or one post. But I do have a few words that I'd like to explore, starting with the one that popped into my head early this morning out of nowhere. I believe it was the Holy Spirit because I don't even know what it means. In fact, I had to look up the meaning.
What's the word?
Well, you'll just have to check back on Wednesday.
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