Many years ago, I was a motivational speaker. But the truth of the matter is I don’t know what motivates anyone, and I don’t believe anyone else does either, because people are motivated differently. So the only thing any speaker, teacher, or preacher can do is to sow seeds of thought that stimulate and hopefully arouse an inclination within another that causes them to take some action. So it’s by the words we choose. I call it WORD POWER.
Speaking about Word Power, did you know that in the Lord’s Prayer, there are just 56 words, powerful, it says a lot. In Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, there are only 217 words, powerful, it says a lot. Then there’s the Government Regulation on the sale of cabbage…26,911 words. Now that says a lot! Well, I want you to know that our Life Lesson today is going to be somewhere between the Lord’s Prayer and that Government Regulation.
Speaking of the Lord’s Prayer, a friend of mine was to give a presentation at the local YMCA a few years back. He arrived twenty minutes before his time to speak, but he could not find a place to park. So he drove around the block four or five times, looking for a spot without success. Finally, out of frustration he decided to park at the only place available next to the fire hydrant.
He left a note to explain his situation, it read: To Whom It May Concern: I have been driving around this block 4 or 5 times for the past twenty minutes looking for a place to park. If I don’t get into the YMCA and give my talk, I will lose my job. Then he took a line from the Lord’s Prayer, P. S. “Forgive us our trespasses.” And he went inside.
When he came out an hour later, there was a ticket on his window, along with a note which read: To Whom It May Concern: I have been driving around this block 40 or 50 times a day for the past 20 years and if I don’t give you this ticket, I will lose my job. P.S. “Lead us not into temptation.”
The Bible is full of Word Power and truth that can motivate and set people free. The power of the following words from God’s book in this month’s Life Lesson hopefully will motivate and inspire you.
LIFE LESSON: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Wordwas God.” and “The Word became flesh and lived among us. ” (John 1:1, 14) Later the Word (Jesus) died on a cross for us, to give His life to us, to live His life through us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) “…God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ lives in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27) Now that’s Word Power personified, it says a lot! Thank you, Jesus!
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