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Words must be genuine in order to be true. Too often we forget that the feelings and emotions behind our words are heard

Updated on March 7, 2013

Distance may move us closer

Shadow are cast on mile high pinnacles
Shadow are cast on mile high pinnacles | Source

Be careful with your words. But be generous with encouraging words

What is in a word?

I do not know about everyone else. But I love and hate word games. Did you know that about 1/3 of the world speaks of the Earth coming up to the rock when it is let go from a hand, instead of falling to the earth. Think about that: more than a billion people use a language that describes the opposite of gravity. I have studied, Latin, Italian, French, Vietnamese, Mandarin, New Englandeese, Ebonics, Texan, Mexican and Spanish, Hebrew, German and some Farsi and Ethiopian along with Navajo and Hopi. Sanskrit, Laotian and Mung. Funny but I cannot speak a word of any of them, something to do with my nose and the acreage it entails. I study them in linguistics for nuance of the cultural perspective. Most are aware that a hardened N sound followed by a lower thrust vowel almost in a grunt means NO in most languages. SU (like Sue) followed by a hard consonant almost always means a sweetness of some sort. M followed by a light vowel is the mother and P is almost always the opposite as in yin and yang. A is almost always a femme and O usually a masculine. Calvary Chapel types love to read the Bible line by line and dissect. Catholics love to be told what whole versus mean. Episcopals like logical and a holistic approach where as Baptists like strict construction and literal. Mormons like result oriented and Lutherans like rule oriented. There is East Coast/West Coast(like rappers) and Euro and Asian subsets within all those sets giving different emphasis and even meaning to our Bible. There is Vulgate Roman Catholic Latin and Greek Orthodox Constantinian Latin.

But no matter where you go or what language you use, you will be tripped up if someone (???) is trying to do so to you. So while the verses help us to memorize a few and church litanies are great tools, we must be careful. Quotations and blind faith is very dangerous. Using the Lords’ name in vein is not saying God damn it. It is the misapplication of scripture to further a human agenda. Or even the proper application of scripture to further a human agenda. So do not swear to something but let your word be your oath and your bond. Let your heart be your dictionary and interpreter and let Christ be your intercessor.

And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away. Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.
Mark 12:12-13

He was so tiny

In a hallow, his sister took him and baptised him. I have done a few baptisms, and this one was the best. We do not need any church for us to love one another.
In a hallow, his sister took him and baptised him. I have done a few baptisms, and this one was the best. We do not need any church for us to love one another. | Source

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My best friend and I finish each other's sentences. If we begin in a bad way the other can finish in the right way. And if we begin in a good way, the ending always works. If our words are not genuine or sarcastic it always befuddles the other. We want our words to match and be in sync. So we try harder.

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      Leslie Schock 4 years ago from Tulsa, Oklahoma

      Very nice essay. Language is a wonderful tool. It is a very versatile tool as well. Words and phrases can be used to lift people so high they have to look down to see the sky, and at the same time can be used to sink a person so low they have to look up to see the ground.

      The last paragraph speaks to me very much. Depending on another to tell us how we should believe when it feels uncomfortable is not appealing and tends to push people away. When we listen to our hearts and what God, Christ, the Creator, or whatever name you want to give your supreme deity, is trying to tell us, only then can we be at peace and understand what is wanted from us.

      Again very interesting essay.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for dropping by Mours, and I appreciate the comment.

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      mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Very true!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa my dear. I got a down problem twinx the women and the men.

      I love women Bishops and deacons and priests. But I am a man. I am so ancient that the physical has left the realm in my body. I need the nurture of a woman. Your words help me feel OK. Because they come from a real woman. I reckon kind of a backwards backwoods king of logic. I will keep kindling my spirit I hope for you guidance.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dear Eric - In reading your essay I feel like I have been to church, not the building, but the people, the believers...I have a few moments fellowship with another believer -- you and fellowship with the truth, actually, the Truth. Because that is who He is and in following and emulating Him, that is who we slowly become. Selah.

      The first half of your essay was surely written with me in mind, even if only subconsciously.....I so love language and the nuances of linguistics. I feel like my mind just wandered through a fresh spring shower. I shall encourage others to wander as well. Sharing. ~~Theresa

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      DebraRodriguez 4 years ago

      How very true words are beautiful, however yes can be dangerous. Interesting writing.