Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What's Your Bio?

One of my practices in meeting with the Lord is to use the devotional, "Our Daily Bread." Today's brief devotional presented an interesting challenge. The author of the message described trying to convey a unique concept to his writing class about writing a biographical sketch. The idea he came up with was to challenge his class to write a biography in six words. It seems like an impossible task but you may be surprised how much can be said and how much can be revealed in six words. The author pointed out how writer Ernest Hemingway wrote a rather poignant six-word bio: "For sale; baby shoes, never used." There is a sad reality behind those six words. The author went on to think about the Scriptures and searched for any six-word biographical descriptions of God's people. To his surprise he found quite a few. For example, David of whom God said: "A man after My own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22)  Paul in the book of Ephesians described himself as: "An apostle of Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 1:1) Paul also describes Timothy as: "My true son in the faith." (1 Timothy 1:2) Lest we forget what was said about Mary: "The virgin shall be with child." (Matthew 1:23). Finally, there are many descriptions given about our Lord, but one of the most powerful is: "Became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14) The author concludes his meditation by asking the question: "What six-word description would best describe me? Would it be positive or negative? Would it be "Not an easy person to love" or "A shining light for the Lord?" (italics mine) Think about it. What would your six-word bio say?
Pastor Sheree
"Blessed and highly favored mantle bearer"

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