Tuesday, June 15, 2010
COLUMN: Fresh Manna: Breaking of Bread From Heaven
“You must have beautiful feet.” When a friend spoke these words to me a few years ago, I responded, “Huh!” My befuddled facial expression gave her permission to proceed.
“You are always the bearer of good news.” Later, I discovered her observations were based on the scripture recorded in Romans 10:15, “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
As a writer and speaker, I am an encourager at heart. My ultimate goal is to share some good news to my readers and audiences by encouraging their hearts and transforming their lives through the spoken or written word. Negative speaking comes easy, but speaking positive faith-filled words or good news comes with careful thought and practice.
Daily, we are inundated with “Breaking News” worldwide concerning the meltdown or slow recovery process of the economy, the devastations of earthquakes, floods, war casualties, the recent oil spill, and the list is endless. Radio stations and prime time television news networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS flood the airwaves with bad news. And let’s not forget the 24- hour news cycle on cable networks like CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, etc. When we pick up The Washington Post or The New York Times newspapers or browse through Time or Newsweek magazines, the same story lines are reported on these pages too. Where on this God-created earth can we find some good news? I am so glad you asked.
The good news of the Gospel surrounds us daily. If writers who are Christians fail to share the good news of the Gospel to others, who will do it? When speaking and mentoring to writers and non-writers alike, I encourage them to use the power of their pens and the spoken word to share the Gospel which is also interpreted as “good news.” The Bible let us know that life and death is in the power of our tongues. I will speak the Zoë life that is found in the good news of the Gospel, and as the Psalmist records in Psalm 45:1, “…my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”
In Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (NKJV). This reference does not say all things work together for the good of all people. Nor does it say that God is the bearer of “bad news.” He does not sanction bad news or tragedies as good. Contrary to public opinion, the rain (meaning trouble) falls on everyone. Trouble is not partial. Trouble is not prejudice to a certain race or gender. The Bible says God sends rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45).
The good news of the Gospel is that our Sovereign God can and He will turn the situations around for our good. He can and He will turn them around to accomplish His will and purposes in the lives of His people on the earth. The good news of the Gospel says, “God loves us with an everlasting love.” His love is great towards us. He loves us unconditionally (no strings attached). Now, that is really good news. He loves us so much that He gave His only Son, that who-so-ever (and I am a who-so-ever) believes in Him shall not perish, but they shall have everlasting life.
Do you want to keep your feet looking beautiful with or without your routine pedicure? You can do it! Write the good news! Speak the good news everywhere He sends you. Every time you share the glad tidings, the good news of the Gospel to those in your sphere of influence, you are beautifying your feet.
Journaling Assignment: On your personal stationery or a blank greeting card (please, no emails or texting), handwrite a personal note to a distant friend, relative, or co-worker. Share God’s love and the good news of the Gospel with them.
Happy reading & journaling!
Claudia Newby-Tynes, entrepreneur of Write 4U, is an author, speaker, teacher, and mentor. She has written two books and is a contributor to one. Claudia has approximately 200+ published credits online and in print publications. She served as both a columnist for The Spirit-Led Writer and a planning committee/faculty member for the Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference. She is married and has one grown son. For more information, visit http://claudiatynes.com/.
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