Browsing through magazines, print or otherwise, can be a learning experience and a humorous break from the mundane. You probably know that I do a bit of work within the walls of prisons, so you know why the following dredged a chuckle from deep within my being:
“However accurate, ‘Doing Life Together’ is not a good name for your prison small group ministry.” Church Curmudgeon@ChrchCurmudgeon.
Along such thoughts I often wonder why “Cell” phones are not permitted in prisons? I’m sure there is a serious reason.
The entire article could consist of such, but I have a reason for the two inane above musings. Namely that the world is full of thoughtless ideas, names and titles, to say nothing of ideas that would fill a small thimble.
So, what’s the purpose of today’s article? To point out the power of words when they are correctly structured for a purpose. Words can be organized to draw tears, laughter, fear, courage, put to shame, exalt, commit to a person or cause.
Years ago, the story was making the rounds concerning a high school boy who was dating a less than gorgeous girl. His friends made fun of him and challenged him to the tell the girl that she was ugly to her face. They suggested that her face would stop an eight-day clock. He agreed. That night the gang hid in the bushes while Mr. Courageous was saying good night to girl. Just as they were parting he said while looking her straight in the eye, “Honey, when I gaze into your face, time stands still.”
Last, I heard they celebrated fifty years of wedded bliss.
You may find it interesting that the Bible addresses the proper use of words. One favorite verse concerning words is here:
Proverbs 25:11,” A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.”
Matthew 12:36 "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”
The ability to use words is a gift. Use it wisely.
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