An action word for Five Minute Friday. Tell!
Go and TELL Pharoah, Let my people go.
Jesus said, And I TELL you: Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.
Jesus said, “Return home and TELL the story of what God has done for you.”
Most commonly the word tell is found in close association with other action words such as “go” and “come” That means that it isn’t just a sit in my house alone and “tell”…It’s a get out there in the world and tell.
- Tell of God’s power.
- Tell of God’s love.
- Tell the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- Tell, tell, tell….
In the writing world however; there is a phrase that comes up when we’re working on dialog and character descriptions. Show don’t tell.
It challenges me and it’s up to me to take “tell” to the next level. To turn it into a “get off my couch” and “out of my office” and put action in my “tell”.
Kind of like when we were young in school and it was “show and tell” day. We spent days looking through our treasures, evaluating them to see if they would truly represented us to our classmates. I remember one time my daughter wanted to take her brother for “show and tell”. All the kids were talking about their new toy they had gotten for Christmas, the Tickle Me Elmo. She didn’t have one, so her brother told her he would be her Tickle Me Elmo and every time she tickled him he would respond with the little “Tickle me Elmo” laughing sound….of course she also told everyone that he was Luke Skywalker…her brother. She wanted to show her friends her brother, not just tell them about him.
We are called to use our “tell” power for good not evil. Words can be hurtful and painful, and in today’s social media bashing era, bullying has taken on a whole new meaning especially with our young people. We need to be sure what we are telling is honoring to God and lifts people up…not tear them down. We need to put love behind our “tell”.
In 1866, a woman, Arabella Katherine Hankey wrote a poem that would later be used to write several beloved hymns. My favorite line is:
I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.