"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." --- Proverbs 16:24
So at Facebook, Naomi posted a birthday wish to President Trump and one of her friends (I'll call Biff) wrote this:
"I hope Donald Trump dies and his death comes soon."
Wow. My eyes rolled. I sighed. Immediately I tried thinking of a witty, but strong-worded comeback for this guy I don't even know.
But I paused (always a good choice), glanced below his comment and spied one from my nephew (who I'll call Mark)--
"Lord I ask you to just reach down and touch Biff's life in a way that only You know how to. Let our hopes be set on good, and not evil, and for Grace and Forgiveness because we know not what we do sometimes. Thank-you for the things you do for us that we don't even realize. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen!"
Oh. My. Goodness. Conviction City. Mark's was the perfect, God-inspired reply and it stayed with me all day. His words reminded me of sermons and teachings about patience, love and extending Grace. After reading that prayer? I behaved better. No, really.
For 20 years I've heard Christians
Gah. I hate ignorance.
Our written words don't count, don't matter for eternity? God doesn't use our own story, our hard-won lessons to inspire, encourage or change minds if it's written online? Seriously?
What about the books we read years ago (or online), but still often recall mind-blowing lines? The books which molded us into a better version of ourselves? How about the articles (online and otherwise) of heroic tales which challenged us to 'come up higher'? What about the testimonies of change we read, the encouragement that kept us standing moments before we'd have fallen?
"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances." ---Proverbs 25:11
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." --- Hebrews 4:12
"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." ---Romans 15:4
After 20 years online I've had it. Color me exhausted with the 'if it's online, it won't deeply affect anyone' lie. Color me especially weary when the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our words is not even considered as a real thing(!) How grievous to forget, deny, His power.
This blog? This form of social media? I wish you could read the heart-felt emails I've received when my God-breathed words made readers view something in a brand new way. When the words helped blast down the brick wall between people and a God they'd been taught was scary or aloof.
Written words matter! Always they will and how good of God to provide these online platforms to help us fulfill this--
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." --- Matthew 24:14
And how gracious of our huge God, in these last days, to provide us with computers. To give our voice, our words, wings upon which to fly and to light upon the confused hearts, the angry ones, the lost ones anxiously waiting for us to share our life-saving, blessed hope.
May our words continue flowing from our heart as it's touched by almighty God, Himself, for as long as we're allowed, as long as our fingers can tap our stories, our lessons, upon a keyboard.
Spread your words like seeds. The ground they fall upon is not up to us, neither is the water or the sun unless God specifically asks this. But rather, keep sowing seeds. Keep believing God, Himself, is doing a deep work upon the hearts where your seeds landed. Leave the results to Him and rejoice in your obedience to plant.
If you're wishing the times were different and you didn't need to speak, to push back the darkness? This might help--
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15