Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Magic of Words

This is going to be short and thoughtful because I totally forgot to draft a post this week. Raw me


Have you ever really taken the time to think about words? As a writer or a student, you may spend more time with them than you'd like to.

God created words. He created language. There are so many languages and I wish I could learn them all but alas that's not my gift.

My gift is to use these words in this one language and rearrange and rearrange the 26 letters into a masterpiece.

Have you ever tried painting? You have a vision and for me that painting rarely turns out like the colors in my mind. Words do that to. But words form a painting too and it's just as artistic and difficult to master.

Have you ever considered how cool it is that people can communicate with one another? Think about that moment at the Tower of Babel when no one spoke the same language any more and think about how utterly terrifying that must have been. Ideas came out in words that no one but you understood.

Words get abused through misuse and slander and their a very dangerous weapon. But every dangerous thing has a beautiful purpose it can be set to if you're careful and thoughtful.

I rearranged and rearranged those 26 symbols of our common language into an entire book recently. It was a lot of hard work and I tried very hard to avoid the dangers of words, of miscommunication, and to share the beauty language and reading that language can bestow.

It's really so, so beautiful that we're trusted enough to use words, knowing the hurt and destruction they can cause. So don't break that trust. Who's to say God won't take away the words again? Use them well and use them for His glory. They're magic for better or for worse.

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A first draft post of words. Let's communicate -- thoughts?

24 comments:

  1. YES. I definitely agree with all of this *nods* (also I relate to you on learning languages: Spanish will be the death of me xD)

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    1. Saweet! (Hehe, yeah we don't talk about Spanish or Latin) *cough*

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  2. This is so beautiful! A great demonstration of how beautiful words can be. :D I actually wanted to draw when I was younger, but the pictures could never come out like they were in my head. It was infuriating. Then I found that I could paint with words - and I was much better at that. Plus, I enjoyed it so much more. You can do so much with words.

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    1. Thank you, Hannah ^.^ Yesh! Words are so much better for me. I have so many sketches and paintings I wanted to be perfect but no :/ Just write *happy sigh*

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  3. This is such a beautiful post. I loved your last paragraph, especially. "Use them well and use them for His glory." <--- I need reminded of this every day.

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    1. Thanks, Alea. I'm glad it spoke to you :)

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  4. YES YES this is so perfect Abi.
    With 26 letters you can do soooooooo many things

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    1. Yay, I will always take perfection ;)
      Right?! It's just the coolest thing ever

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  5. I think about the importance of words too. Some try to take literally words which are clearly intended to over-simplify for the sake of clarity. Genesis comes to mind. Yet some of these same people have great difficulty taking the Word of Christ literally. That Word does not live in service of any man or any vain purpose for which men would seek to exploit it.

    Think of those who followed a woman, intent on stoning her for adultery. They weren't common rabble. They imagined themselves pious and righteously charged with carrying out the requirements of Mosaic law. Christ told them that the law was wrong and He told them why. No man is fit to judge the sins of another.

    Yesterday I saw a crowd assembled. They were filled with a sense of self-righteousness and intent on punishing the wicked for their sins. But only in my mind did I hear the Words of Christ. My ears were assaulted with the sickening false piety of latter-day Pharisees.

    -- Ray

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    1. It's crazy how much trouble words can cause for sure.

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  6. This was so wonderful and beautiful. <3 Using letters to make words, to make sentences, to make paragraphs, etc. is so hard sometimes. It really is a struggle. But I will always thank God for giving me the gift of writing. :)

    (Totally with you on learning languages. It's definitely not my forte. :P)

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    1. Thank you :) Words are not to be underestimated for sure. I know *sigh* I wish I were good at other languages ... but no. I'll just master English ;)

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  7. That was beautiful Abi! Thank you for sharing your thoughts this way! Sometimes those unplanned posts can be the best! I agree and can relate with you over creating a book. In the editing stages, it still astounds me how you can take the same words and letters and rearrange them and they sound so much more beautiful and different in that different order!
    Blessings,
    Victoria

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    1. Glad you thought so, Victoria. I think it was good for me to have a spur of the moment, authentic post :) Yes, the infinite possibilities ... scary and helpful all at once

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  8. Wow. We can do SO much with 26 letters. Great thoughts, Abi! =)

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    1. Isn't it just the coolest? I could think about it all day :)

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  9. Wow so true. Words are such a privilege that many people abuse. Thanks for this post Abi :)

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  10. Yes, this is so true! Words are such a gift from God.

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    1. Definitely. Really neat to think about :)

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  11. This is so beautifully put, Abi <3

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  12. Is "saccharinane" a word?! It seems like it ought to be.

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    1. Hmm ... not officially I guess, but who cares about that ;) My definition: "partaining to or possessing the qualities of saccharin, i.e. one who can appear very sweet at first, but is found to be otherwise over time." XD Is that where your mind was taking you? :P

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