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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Words with Impact

So, did you read that thing the other day?  It was about all this stuff that just seems so important, but isn’t really.

Maybe you did, but you probably don’t remember any of the contents.

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Earlier this evening I read a post by Jeff Goins titled, “Five Weak Words that Make Your Writing Less Effective” .  When I finished reading through the post I scanned the comments.  The shorter ones that confessed to the over utilization of these words sped past my fingers.  The longer remarks listed other offending pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  I must now confess that I am particularly guilty of typing those “lazy” words more frequently than any reader need consume.

Have I stumbled upon one cause of diminished impact by my words? Potentially.

You are by this point curious as to the offenders.  I will list his five: stuff, things, got, was/is/are/am, went.  Jeff gave an honorable mention of sorts to: very, all, important, used to, every, never, feel, seem, think, often, almost, big, small, have got, just.

Subsequent writers proffered their own lists.  I became intrigued, engrossed, and then horrified.  Words added included: it, believe, seems to me, probably, would/could/should, that.  There were more, but you get the gist.  My favorite was the use of swear words.  Janey Goude noted that her high school English teacher had stated “cursing is the sign of a weak mind, a lazy mind, or an uneducated mind that lacks the vocabulary to express a depth of human emotion. Command of the English language makes cursing obsolete.”  I agree.  That was the only bright spot for me as far as my writing was concerned.

Now I must apologize for the laziness in my writing that I have published without careful review and editing.  I desire for my words to have impact and to leave a lasting impression.  I don’t want that impression to be of myself, I am a too poor representation of my potential through Christ.
I want these lines to hold a mirror up to reflect the Sonlight onto you.  In that light, my wish is for you to aspire, to create, to encourage, to be encouraged, to laugh, to nod in understanding.  I’m learning that I have responsibility.  I must embrace that and do the work as unto God.  This is the only purposeful way and I must determine to be more diligent.  

This determination applies not only to writing, but to every “job” that I have approached with laziness.  I’m sure this was not Jeff’s original intent, but the impact of his carefully chosen words has produced a harvest of implication that I must now reap.  This is a challenge that I want to meet.

Linking up with Mary Beth at New Life Steward

and with Katherine at Just a Thought.



  1. I LOVE how you took his thoughts (and the comments) and considered them in light of bringing glory to God! It's beautiful. I am challenged as well, so thank you!

    1. Thank you, sweet friend. Now to carry through and carry on. Such is the problem with speaking (or writing)out loud.