I checked Merriam Webster for info on the word “Concentrated.” Not much surprise; the unabridged states, “strong, undiluted, intense.”
Concentration Camp survivor, Elie Wiesel, one of the most profound writers of modern times said something that I have tried to practice, not only in writing, but in my daily portion of life.
“There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them.” Elie Wiesel
Audiences scream to those of us who attempt to influence them via the spoken or written word, “Say it well, briefly.” Jesus teaches us the value of brevity in prayer. Matthew 6:7 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”
Rambling prayers and sermons are the bane of religious gatherings. Preachers often forget the beauty and listening pleasure of simple, well thought out, brief communications of eternal truth.
One of the greatest speeches ever given consists of 271 words, 10 sentences, 3 paragraphs and took a little over 2 minutes to deliver. It was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on 11-19-1863 at Gettysburg, PA. To simply add water to it would make as many volumes as the Russian Encyclopedia.
Point: I wish to reduce Larry to Christ in me.
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