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Winsome Words


   They can pique our imaginations and send our souls into a state of insatiability. They are the reason pages turn and dog-eared-tags find their way down well-worn chapters. When we compare them to one another we realize their capacity to contrast one another is overwhelming. They can be as dark is to light, lyrical as to poems lacking in prose. When placed together they can form the most beautifully descriptive structures and places. Despite the beauty they are capable of creating they can also take our thoughts to somber places. They are words; fascinating, descriptive, enthralling words. They can bring life; they also have the ability to bring death.

They are the reason pages turn and dog-eared tags find their way down well-worn chapters.

 As a lover of English and seeker of truth I must ask myself this: what good are my written and spoken words? This may seem like a depressing and dark thing to ask. But really, what do they matter? On occasion I have penned wonderful sentences and beautifully formulated syntax only to find myself wishing and wanting for so much more. Words alone do not seem to fill the void inside my soul. I wonder, “What will accomplish the job?

What will accomplish the job?

 It is important to understand that we are finite. When we compare ourselves to this earth and its wonders we will see that people are but tiny specks. Who knows the hour when we, the dots of dust, will draw our last breaths and be gone? With this in mind, why would anyone to care about our words and what we think they are worth? We are unable to save them from an eternal state of nothingness. But maybe that’s not true. Perhaps our words hold more power than we can conceive.

 Maybe that’s not true.

    While thinking about these things I was drawn to a passage in Genesis. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” What intrigues me is the fact that God spoke all of this into existence. I quote Genesis 1:3, “And God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light.” It appears to me that because of His voice, everything came to life. The Bible goes on to say in Genesis 1:27 that we have been made in His image, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

And God said…

 The truth is, we have been created in the image of God. He has given us the capability to speak life to people with the words of our hearts. Offering a kind or encouraging word to someone is doing what our Creator did. He spoke the most encouraging words. Words that fill us with life when he said of all creation, “It is good.”

“It is good.”

I now realize there is a reason to write. In light of this knowledge I bury my head back into my books, pull out my pen and being to scribble out some fresh words of life.


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