God’s Word for Today: Words. You would think, “well duh”, words should have been the very first subject when God’s Word for Today started, now in its 4th year. But alas my friends, I failed to bring up the most obvious. There may be a definitive reason for this seemingly oversite, lets us explore.
This learning new languages is quite the task. You start out learning words and then hopefully you learn how to put them all together. Trying to learn Portuguese and Spanish at the same time has been frustrating. Many words are the same, and many words are different. So, I may learn a word. And then, I have to categorize it into either of the languages, or both. Then you have those clever Paraguayans who just love to throw a few of the native Guarani words at you. I know 2 of these words and for the moment, that is good enough.
Now that I am diving into the teaching of the English language, I am having to decide which words are the most important to teach first and then build from there. Pretty easy, one would think. I went onto our friendly Google search engine and pulled out the 500 most commonly used words in the English language. This in theory was brilliant, until, you study the list. This list has a lot of ifs, ands, or buts it seems. Plus the, number one word. At least half of the top 500 words are simply words that are used to connect other words. Which, as stated earlier, is the second stage of learning a language. Or, so it seems.
I am a numbers guy myself or so I thought. But, I do rather enjoy this word thing too. Reading and writing are pretty cool. Sentence structure and breakdown, not so cool. Now that we have the wonderful world of instant electronic communication via texts and messages, all rules for spelling, makeup, and structure of words has seemed to fly right out into cyber space. Good or bad, I don’t know. I do get a kick out of comments made following a post, that attempt to correct an error in the use or spelling of words, instead of staying focused on the subject matter. I can relate to that rather (bleep) attribute. I have that trait to want to correct. I am sorry if I have used words directed in that manner.
One little note that we will address in a later God’s Word for Today is, “you” is number 9 of the top 500, whereas “I” is number 18. That surprised me actually. This day and age, there appears to be a lot more “I” being focused on, rather than “you”. Maybe “I” is simply moving up in the charts. Do you think we actually paid someone to research the progression and change in rank of words throughout the ages? Talk about a tedious and rather boring task. I like words, but by golly, that might be pushing it a little bit.
Mark 13:31. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Did you ever realize that not only God’s words will never pass away, but neither will yours? In a post yesterday from one of my Facebook friends, he made a profound statement. His words reached out, grabbed me, and made me say “amen”. I love to hear and read words like that. Here they are; “What destroys life is not death, but rather the words delivered”. Thank you Mauro Mattogc.
Those are some words a person can chew on for a while. I can easily recall many a time my words delivered have made someone’s shoulders slump. I can also remember exactly every time I received words from someone that caused me to slightly die inside. I never want to receive words like that again. More importantly, I never want to be the one to deliver words that destroy like that. Ever again.
Today, let’s concentrate on good words. More importantly, a collection of good words called, The Good Word. Simply put, your Bible. It is only through the daily application and absorption of God’s Words that we can have a life free from death. Words can literally kill a person. God’s Words can literally save you………………
Prayer: Dear Lord, master of all great and good words. Today, I thank you for the Bible. Forgive me for the days that your Words go untouched. Help me to make time each day to consume the Words you have spoken just for me. I can no longer handle the cruel and heavy words of people. I no longer want to deliver cruel and angry words myself. I need your Words, God. Period. In Jesus’, who open the door to the true meaning of your Words, name I pray. Amen.