Meaning

Often, I hear words and take their meaning for granted. I am not always thinking about their definition or weighing their meaning. Recently, certain words have been showing up in my life on a regular basis, so I decided to stop and reflect on their meaning. These words are Words, Faith, and Blessed. I started this deeper investigation by looking up some definitions.

A Word is defined as “a unit of language that functions as a principal carrier of meaning.”

The spoken and written word wield an enormous amount of power, and with power comes great responsibility and consideration. Am I choosing my words carefully to be sure I am saying what I want to say? Are my words lifting up or tearing down? Am I using my words to praise or complain? Do I mean what I say?

Ephesians 4:29: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

“The Word” is defined as The Bible or Jesus. It is The Word, the utmost authority, the place to go for the answers.

John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was good.

Faith is defined as “a firm belief in something for which there is no proof; belief and trust in and loyalty to God; complete trust.”

I have faith, in that I believe in God’s existence, but do I always put my complete trust in God?

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Blessed is defined as “of or enjoying happiness; specifically enjoying the bliss of heaven; bringing pleasure, contentment, or good fortune.”

When something turns out well, my daughter exclaims, “Oh, Blessed!” I got to really thinking about this statement. What a great saying! Have I said “oh, blessed!” enough? I can walk from here to there—oh blessed! I can see the leaves change on the trees—oh, blessed! I turn a handle and fresh water flows out—oh blessed! How would my life change if I recognized how blessed I am in every moment?

Psalm 118:26: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Individually, each of these words hold great meaning, but looking at them together I can see how they interact and build upon one another. In reading The Word, my faith is strengthened. Through faith my blessings are increased. As I express my blessings through words, I share and strengthen my faith. Each time I return to The Word, the cycle is repeated. Ironically, I don’t know a word or phrase for this cycle--perhaps the “glorious cycle”?

I am now out of words, so I will end with God’s words from Romans 10:8 “The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us.”

Kelley Evans

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