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Day 35 – Issue 16

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Be Still Know

John 1:1 NLT

‘In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.’

As a writer, words are very important to me. As a mediator I have experienced how words can be used and heard in ways very different to the intention wrapped up within them.

I first encountered the power of words when aged seven I came home and found Dad watching the Oxford and Cambridge boat race on TV. I asked him what it was and why it was on the TV. He explained it was a race between the two top British universities. I chose Oxford as he said they wore dark blue, my favourite colour; strange how decisions get made. I also decided that I would go to Oxford University. I can still remember that moment in time. I was no great academic, and as I approached GCSEs, my school suggested to my parents that I consider finding a job as I wasn’t expected to get the minimum five passes to proceed to A levels.

I passed my exams, I secured four A levels and I was accepted into Oxford. I have often pondered the extent to which this is an illustration of the power of a word expressed and held. It was directional, and I’ve listened to others with similar stories. The fact is I’ve never repeated that experience, for I’ve never really aspired to anything in that way since. It’s not the power of positive thinking, for I certainly didn’t frequently think of my Oxford ambition, nor did I try to make it happen. Something was seeded within me at age seven that was in fact a word that I embraced; a word that captured an objective outcome.

Words are important. It was by God’s spoken word that the universe and everything in it was created. Everything we encounter in life was spoken into being by God. What is more, God is Word and spirit. God made himself known to us by the Word incarnate in the humanity of Jesus. So being casual in our public words or internal thoughts is to play with life’s very building blocks.

QUESTION: Are there aspirations you carry? Are there ambitions you have spoken out and realised?

PRAYER: Lord God, your Word and words have power and life in them. May they shape my life. 

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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