Loving Words

A poet is, before anything else,
a person who is passionately in love with language.
W. H. Auden

In the beginning was the WORD
and the WORD was with God
and the WORD was God...
The WORD became flesh
and made his dwelling among us.
John 1:1, 14

I love words.
I love those who craft beautiful and compelling words.
I love how the right words move and stir me.

Words, language, speech...
Logical words, emotional words, imaginative words...
Blunt, nuanced, sophisticated, or obscure...

Words and the meaning they convey is the very stuff of life.

We live in a universe full of meaning and purpose. Words are how we dwell on that meaning, make sense of purpose, find our way in light of what has been fathomed.

Ideas alone do not change the world.
Ideas that are framed in powerful words are what change the world.
Ideas that are shared in conversation (WORDS) with others are how we know. 
Know reality, know others, know self, know GOD.

Words can illumine or conceal.
Words can heal or harm.
Words bless or curse.
Words can be corrupted, twisted, distorted, and manipulated.
Words can enlighten, advance, uplift, inspire, encourage, and edify.

God loves words.
God gave us words (revelation we have received known as the Holy Scriptures).
God gave us THE WORD, Jesus, the light, wisdom and truth of God.

Silence is the emotional, spiritual, and mental quiet space where we can "hear the Word." Silence exists so words may be spoken. In the beginning, when there was silence, God spoke words and reality became real (some of the ancients preferred to imagine God "singing" the universe into existence). Music is the balance of notes, melody, rhythm, pitch and tone interspersed with silence/rest. Silence is the canvas upon which God paints words. Noise is what prevents us from hearing words. Silence is not in opposition to words, silence is in opposition to noise. 


What words are you listening to? (Is there enough silence in your life so you hear words?)
What words are changing you?
What words are you offering to others?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International