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“Use your words.”
This simple phrase is often used by parents teaching their young children to use language, words, to communicate with the world. How often as teens and adults do we forget this? We lapse into the valley girl talk, “Like, yanno, totally.” Most of us are not that bad, but we hem and haw out of troublesome scenarios, instead of tackling them precisely in speech. Hence the wondrous habit of writing. You can mess up, re-write, tell your enemy what you truly think of them, (in love of course ;) ). This is the last day of Nanowrimo and I just want to say congratulations, you valued words enough to write 50,000 of them! You composed a complete novel :)
I know, here come the protests, “But I still have to write almost three thousand more words.” Then, dude, go write them down. Because words are powerful. They are dazzling, distressing, and like dynamite, effective means. Spoken, or written, they are all powerful. Only the ones written down last longer.Writers, we are the gifted ones. We know how to use words with purpose, telling stories to impact time itself. Adolf Hitler knew this power. He used it to change his nation and cosequently the world. He was a leader, because he could speak with strength. Harriet Beecher Stowe understood. She impacted the start of the Civil War by writing her novel one chapter at a time for the newspaper.
It is up to us as Christian writers to take the words and make something useful for Christ; to use them to show the world a different viewpoint. That they may understand part of the incomprehensible story God has written for all of us. The worldview we can help shape in others, changes the world we live in.
Last week I bought a book to read during my Thanksgiving break. It was an historical fiction that was written through a viewpoint that I had never seen in before. It showed the world all awashed in gray. Nothing absolute. It was not a viewpoint that had previously been introduced to me, but I am glad it was. It helped me to understand the way unbelievers watch the world and to be honest it was awful. Yet, these contrasting perspectives give us a fuller picture of events and people. The descriptions you wrote mean something different for each person that reads it. No one reads the same book. My mom and I do this all the time, we each notice different things, pick up on opposing characters and feelings, but the overall theme of the novel stays true.
You recorded a prime novel. Or perhaps you are still dashedly finishing. You employed your words.You consist of power, be purposeful with this undertaking. Today you finish this thirty day task, make it worthy of your time and name. The viewpoint you have shown could change the world, one reader at a time.
“For by your words, you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Thank you Jessie for letting me blog! Even it is the last day of your series!