Writer Ernest Hemmingway is noted for the economy of words he used in writing his novels. Most of Hemmingway’s stories are relatively short. One day Hemmingway was given a challenge by some of his friends. It was a bet actually that he couldn’t write a story in just six words. Hemmingway accepted the challenge and won the bet. Here was his six-word story.
“For sale: baby shoes, never used”
We don’t know all the details, but just imagine the heartbreaking story behind those six poignant words. That story got me thinking about six-word descriptions of people in the Bible. For instance, David who is called by God, “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22) Or Paul’s self-description: “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:1) Or Paul’s description of Timothy: “My true son in the faith” (I timothy 1:2 NIV). And consider these words about Mary: “The virgin shall be with child” (Matthew 1:23). And about Jesus who: “Became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
How many words would it take to tell our story? What six-word bio would best describe us? Would it be positive or negative? Would it be “not an easy person to love?” “One who requires some extra grace?” Or would our bio read “well done, good and faithful servant!”
I came up with a couple of others I like. “A sinner saved by amazing grace”. Or maybe my favorite: “Once lost, now found. Eternally thankful.”
Have a great week!
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