Thursday, March 1, 2012

"As long as there have been people in the world, there have been stories."

DR. GRANT L. VOTH is Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College in California. He is the author of insightful scholarly books and articles on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to Edward Gibbon to modern American fiction.

The power of words should never be underestimated. Words can educate, illuminate, dominate, encourage, and even heal.
Labeling can be negative or positive. Call a boy stubborn, and he is mule-headed, thick-necked, and incorrigible. Call the same boy persistent, and he is determined, resolute, firm, and confident.
Word strung together to make stories can accomplish much. A society can be convinced evil is good, wrong is right, and progress is regression. As Christians writing, we are obligated to use stories to enlighten, exhort, and engage people in the search for truth.
Jesus did in parables.
What joy it is to take a difficult concept, blend it into a story, and allow the reader to discover a truth about God.
Make all your words profitable today.