“Dazzle them with the basics”. I heard this quote in a sci-fi movie today, and it struck a chord in me. As a writer, I am all about words. I paint pictures with words. There is always a theme or a message I am striving to send to the reader.
Sometimes this takes the thorough and time consuming writing of an entire book, to convey an important message. But many times there is a need to be brief, maybe due to an emergency or lack of time or just the sheer seriousness of the present situation. Perhaps THIS is where it needs to dazzle!
BLIND WITH LIGHT
“To dazzle is to blind someone for a moment with light, like a deer in the headlights; to greatly impress or surprise”. In the momentary blinding the surprise can snap someone back to reality or wake them out of a dead sleep. It can even save their life. Blind with light – interesting concept.
Didn’t Jesus say HE was the LIGHT of the world? BAM! Did you know that light and truth mean the same thing? Psalm 43:3 says, “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me”. In the Hebrew language they tended to double-up words in order to stress the importance of the words. Light is the ONLY thing that pierces through darkness Truth is the ONLY thing that pierces through lies. Same difference. Voila’ – behold the dazzle.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
If we get a brief moment to tell someone how to save their life, it had BETTER dazzle. It better be enough in and of itself. It all has to be right there. It must present itself like a flare! Ironically, another word for dazzle IS flare. A flare is a bright, intense light used for distress signaling.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “YOU are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
If our world ever needed to be dazzled – to remember who they are, where they came from, and where they should be headed – it is NOW.
GET BACK TO BASICS
“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakens morning by morning, He wakens mine ear to hear as the learned”. (Isaiah 50:4)
Our words must be like a bursting bright light in order to provide clarity and direction and cause someone to stand at attention! Bottom line, it must be truth. It BETTER be truth. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver”. (Proverbs 25:11)
Get back to the basics of light and truth, and then dazzle with it!
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