Last year at the Inscribe Fall Conference, author Sigmund Brouwer shared his story. When he was in grade 3, a teacher ridiculed a story he wrote. He decided he was never going to write again. School became a struggle, and his attitude became an issue. Finally, a university instructor provided a safe place for Brouwer to experiment and write. He is now a successful author with over 30 books to his credit.
"It only takes a spark, remember to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony into chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can't tame a tongue - it's never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can't go on." (James 3:6-10 The Message)
As writers, words are our tools. I'm looking forward to sharpening my word skills at the 2011 Inscribe Fall Conference this coming weekend. Our words may bring healing, encouragement, and life or they can destroy, tear down, and kill. Every time we put our pen to paper or our fingers on the keyboard we need to ask God for wisdom. I want my words to be like dew, not fire. How about you?
|Ruth L. Snyder|
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