What is YOUR favorite word?
Kind of an unusual question, right?
Can there be such a thing? A favorite WORD?
But think about it… there are single words that have defined moments in time. Like…
There are words that a culture can relate to. Like…
There are words that become addictive. Like…
(for all you Princess Bride fans)
There are words that evoke universal instant emotion. Like…
There are words people choose to direct a goal for the year. Like…
Words withheld frustrate me.
Words murmured soothe me.
Words can launch a dream.
Words can decimate a soul.
Words animate and live on.
Words instruct and define.
So much so that God’s living book to us is called His Word.
One name of God’s Son is The Word (John 1:1)
As the Bible writer of Proverbs exhorts us:
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
We are known by our words or lack of them.
Actions are also important. Truly.
However, just as faith without corresponding actions is dead,
Actions without corresponding words…
that’s sometimes OK
but many times can be confusing, manipulative, hard to interpret.
Words of clarity or affirmation are needed.
Consider this moment in your time on this earth,
Reflect on your days.
Is there a favorite word that comes to mind that encapsulates YOU – bringing clarity or affirmation to who God made you?
Is there a favorite word that gives wings to what motivates you to keep pressing on and run your race well?
It may be challenging to think of a “favorite” word. Perhaps a word that is inspiring to you will do.
A word that matters to YOU matters!
…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if ANYTHING is excellent or praiseworthy – think about these things.
… For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Phillipians 4:8; Matthew 12:34b