"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

12/6/10

Worthy Words (Monday Manna)

The purpose of Monday Manna is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word.

On the first and third Mondays of each month, anyone who wants to participate can post their thoughts on a specific verse--posted here at my blog on the Thursday before, to allow you to chew on it over the weekend. It doesn't have to be long -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional. Just post it on your blog on Mondayish (early OR late is fine, by the way!), then come back here and link up in the Linky Tools gadget that will be at the bottom of MY post at o'dark thirty that morning.

Today's verse has fascinated me since my BFF Peejers pointed it out to me.
Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. Jeremiah 15:19
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Mine are below.

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I love words.

This probably isn't earth-shattering news to most of you. I imagine most writers are at least mildly fond of them. It's rather difficult to write without them, and though much can be communicated with grunts, body language and other such methods, words certainly make life a lot easier when you're trying to get a precise message across verbally.

Because I love words so much, I use them. A LOT. I'm what many call talkative. (the polite ones, anyway) And it's amazing what comes out of my mouth. Good, bad, indifferent. Things I wish I could engrave in stone. Words I would do anything take back. Lies. Half-truths. Insults. Words meant to hurt. Those meant to heal. Wonderful words. Worthless ones.
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Yet, I am God's child: a witness to and for Him on earth. And what I say to some folks is exactly how they will perceive my God. Someone once said something like this: "You are the only Bible some people will every read."

God wants me--all of His children, actually--to be His spokesman. But what kind of an advertisement are we for Him when we speak words that harm, when we lie, when our words are worthless?  I would rather NOT be God's spokesman if my words aren't worthy.

Yet, those who know I am His--especially skeptics--will see me that way.
So I must speak worthy words so I can be a worthy spokesman for the One who has done all for me.

And so I pray...
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
I hope this is your prayer as well.

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3 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on this verse Joanne.

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  2. Well we would get a long well. I'm what most people would call talkative too:) I wasn't always that way though, but am now and I know I have to pray to be sure my words are what God would want them to be. But when one talks so much, it is easy to slip and fall a lot.

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  3. His Word, I love it and cannot get enough. I love this meme of Monday Manna!

    Delighted to meet you tonight. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a great place to dip my toes and wade a while.

    Splashin'
    Sarah

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