Most Important Word: Words Matter Week Blog Challenge-Day 1

The Monday question for the Words Matter Week blog challenge is:

What is the most important word or words in your life? Why?

When I create writing assignments for students, I try to craft questions that narrow the topic to something manageable. Perhaps I can narrow the Words Matter Week blog challenge question in a similar way, so I can avoid the hard task of choosing just one word!

Variant #1: What is the most important proper noun in your life? Why?
God. That’s an easy pick, because faith is central to my life, and without God, nothing else would matter. Of course, there are other very important proper nouns: Donald, Craig, Taylor and Anya, Bryan, and Trevor. They are important because they are my sweet family, and I love them.

Variant #2: What is the most important verb in your life? Why?
Love. Without love, it would be impossible to experience deep relationships with those proper nouns (and remember, God is love- I John 4:7-8). Without love, there would be no true grace, mercy, peace, joy, kindness, patience or goodness.

Variant #3: What is the most important adjective/adverb in your life? Why?
I can’t pick just one: kindly and creatively are my two choices. I want to live my life kindly and creatively, for the sake of joy and love.

See? It’s much easier to answer a question if it’s narrowed to a manageable size. It’s also easier to write about something if you define terms before you begin. There’s more than one way to skin a rat!

Words Matter Week is sponsored by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors. It’s a wonderful opportunity to think about the importance of words. I hope you’ll visit the website and join the blog challenge– if you blog on all five days, you’ll be entered for a random drawing for a $20 Amazon gift certificate. If you love words, I’m sure you can use that!

2 Responses

  1. Christy Ding says:

    Hi Janice,the simplicity in which you share the important words in your life or words that matter to you just warm my heart. God bless you . Christy (Malaysia)

  2. Kimmie says:

    I liked reading your words.

    I don’t think I will play, but thinking I can share my favorite word with you (bet you can guess it already 😉

    adoption…adopt….adopted…yup…it all reminds me of God’s Mercy, His Love, His goodness, His Favor, how He rescues us and puts us into His family…and how He cares for orphans and of course His command to all Believers to take care of His orphans (James 1:27).

    My fervant cry is that Believer’s would realize we are not following this command and we would begin to actually (as a Church) to live it out …143 million orphans is just wrong. Plain wrong.

    adoption…yup, it’s my favorite word.

    mama to 7
    one homemade and 6 adopted
    *expecting again from Ethiopia!

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