Sometimes we use too many!
One of my biggest growing edges when I started leading West was to learn to communicate in a “non-Andrea” manner!
I write like I talk/preach/teach. Which sometimes is not a bad thing . . . however, not if you were on the finance team.
I’m a communicator at heart . . . so words matter. Every. Single. Word.
And I am sometimes gifted at using A LOT OF THEM AT ONCEwhile trying to make a point!
While that may be ok for some written communication . . . try being on a leadership team where I’m communicating about finances and oh – there goes such a cute kitten – and they have to follow my “logic” along with all the “fluff” or “rabbit trails.”
My emails would be pages long and I feel certain (although no one would ever want to hurt my feelings by telling me so bluntly) . . . I feel certain it was almost impossible to find the meaning in the emails.
It is difficult to follow my train of thought when I use too many words. Being succinct is something I continually work on! I now use bullet points, bold font, short and concise sentences.
I’ve made some progress but have a ways to go!
One of the best lessons I learned was you do not have to necessarily use A LOT of words to make a point! Sometimes short and sweet communicates the message just as effectively.
The word “O” is one of those words that although short (one of the shortest words ever), it contains SUCH a punch!
It can express anything from regret to absolute exhilaration!
How amazing is that – that one word can communicate so many different things?
“O” can be in AWE of something, “O! How AMAZING!!!!”
Or it might be gratitude as a result of someone’s generosity. “O! Thank you SO MUCH!”
It might be relief. “O! Thank goodness I found you, I was so worried!”
It might be surprise. “O! I didn’t know you were standing there!”
It might be agony. “O! I am so sorry to hear about the death of your friend!”
No matter what – though, in each instance the word “O” conveyed something full of meaning, passion, and intensity.
That is why “O” is a word beneficial to use when we are calling upon God.
“O God . . .”
The phrase alone conveys passion . . . even if it goes on to be passion of an agonizing sort.
Ponder these verses and feel the emotion with the word “O.”
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”
Or in Psalm 34:
‘O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
9 O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
for those who fear him have no want”
Thoughts to Ponder:
When you think of the word “O” – what immediately jumps in your mind?
When you utter the word “O” . . . how can you use it to give praise and communicate joy?