Taking five minutes with the #FiveMinuteFriday gang to write unedited on a theme sent out by Lisa-Jo Baker. This week its ‘Write’.
Here’s my confession. I work in a communications team, and I hate using social media.
Phew. It’s out there now.
Most of what I do, day to day, requires writing. Writing emails. Writing documents, procedure guides. Wrestling words into meaning. Managing and monitoring blogs, website, words, words, words. The organisation I work with is all about words. Words of minority languages, many of which don’t even have an alphabet yet. How do we tell a story to people with no written words? How do we tell the Story of Jesus, through the Bible, to those who don’t write, or read?
I guess I’m aware that there are a lot of words written out there, in cyberspace and on the bookshelves of the western world. Who am I to add another written English word, while there are millions of people without any words written in their own language?
Who is writing to them? Who is sharing the life giving Word(s) of God?
Well, the answer is that Bible translation work is underway worldwide, and I have the great privilege of reading (written) words and stories about the amazing things God is doing through that. And even then, these Bible translation organisations are not just about producing books with written words in them, but are longing that God’s love and law would be written on the hearts of the communities who come to understand and be transformed by those life-giving words.
I find it so hard to find words worthy of writing, especially on social media, when we already have the best WORD in our hands, and on our shelf, in our language.