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"Write this down for the next generation so people not yet born will praise God." Psalm 102:18

"Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell the others." Habakkuk 2:2

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Power and Influence of Words - Part Two

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

Yesterday I blogged about the power and influence words can have - both spoken and written. I have been continuing to think about this. I read the verse from Philippians 4:8 this morning, when I was working through a Bible study on Peace.

As I continue to pray and seek God's will about what He wants me to write, I am reminded of the importance of this verse. I desire for the things I write to stir people, to have a closer relationship with the Lord. I pray that my words will help to encourage them to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

I have read many books through the years. Of course the one that has the ability to challenge, convict, encourage, inspire me every time I read it, is The Holy Bible. Some books I have read were just good stories, or had some useful information. There are a few that have stood out as impacting my life, because of having read them. I was changed in my relationship with Christ through reading the written word.

That is the challenge and desire that I hope to do through my written words - to stir someone into a closer walk with the Lord. To encourage people to think about things they hadn't considered before. To me, that is what marks the difference between a good writer and a great writer. I desire to be a great writer....not because of me, but because of the Lord speaking through me.

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