A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a common saying but is it true? Dictionary.com defines the word picture as follows –
a visual representation of a person, object, or scene, as a painting, drawing, photograph, etc.:
A visual representation……..hmmmmm. The problem with a picture is that it is only an image of the thing it represents; it’s not the actual person or thing. You can’t see what’s truly inside, what’s behind the smile. And with today’s technology a picture can be manipulated so that it’s hard to tell if it’s genuine. Case in point, the picture of me I attached to this post.
I may not be able to give a completely accurate description of myself in a thousand words but my words can unveil much of the true person within.
Words are very powerful things; they can build or destroy relationships; they can inspire individuals to accomplish things that others considered impossible.
While I can’t begin to fully understand the workings of God’s mind, one thing is clear: he chose primarily to reveal himself through words. The Bible gives us a “picture” of the character of God but only by the use of the written word. It also tells us that God’s words are in some inexplicable way alive; they continue to be relevant even after thousands of years.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The mug is lifted. Here’s to being real, not a cheap image of myself, and to using my words to build, not destroy, the people I encounter today!