Each thought is given substance with words.
Thoughts become manifest in words. Words lead to actions. Actions develop into habits. Habits accumulate into character. Character shapes our Destiny.
At the beginning, from a single thought, our destiny is assured. At any point in our journey, the evidence is undeniable — the inspiration for our ultimate destiny is framed within the parameters of words.
How important are Words?
They are the essence of who we are.
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
And, the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
And, nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
And, his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
And, the darkness can never extinguish it.
The importance of a Word? Life and Death — Light and Darkness.
Mother Nature hates a vacuum. We either plant good seeds to produce a crop of value — or, weeds will grow. We discover the secrets of life and the passion at our core, by asking, “Why?”
If it is to be, it is up to me — Me and God. That’s it. Really — it’s as simple as that. Life is experienced from the inside, out. Sure, it’s fun to dance with others. The music, though, is inside each of us.
Authenticity is the new cool. Funny thing, though, there’s nothing new under the sun. The next fad will soon pass. Enduring, as a legacy, are the gifts that only we, individually, can offer.
Results are all that matter. What we do speaks so much louder than what we say. The summation of all that matters: Say what we intend to do — then, do what we say.
Things, today, are about like they have always been. Two thousand years ago, a fellow by the name of Paul was assuring those in his sphere of influence that his intentions were honorable. Those finding fault with him:
» Said that Paul’s letters were hard to understand.
» Claimed that Paul was fickle.
» Thought that Paul had a domineering attitude toward them.
» Felt that Paul wanted to show who had the upper hand.
You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? As surely as God is faithful, my word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says.
At that same time in antiquity, James was sharing the Farmer Philosophy and encouraging patience for those who chose to listen.
You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like “I swear to God” to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes, or no. Just say what is true.
Critics use many words. Their stories go on and on — like the endless desert. Their favorite words are: Try and Maybe. After finding fault with everyone and everything, the critics do things, entirely, differently than what they say. Their word is no good.
We can follow the example of The Ultimate Yes by committing to, always, do what we say. By saying “Yes” to Life and Light, we can boldly say “No” to Death and Darkness.
Two little words: “Yes” and “No”. They are the two sides of the same coin. Once we understand the importance of The Right Word, we can choose the appropriate response to any question, or situation.
Let our “Yes” be Yes — and, our “No” be No.