Published January 17, 2012

Shelia Shares....
"Simpler Is Better"

Are you familiar with the word "onomatopoeia?" It means "the use of imitative and naturally suggestive words for rhetorical, dramatic, or poetic effect." Got that? If you are a student of words, you probably caught it right away.

If, however, you are like me, you might need to read through the definition more than once.

I could also tell you that "onomatopoeia" means a word that imitates a sound, like honk, boom, hiss or meow. Does that explain it better?

For me, the second definition tells me exactly what the word means and I can easily think of other examples of words.

When talking about a word's definition, we need to look at who our audience is. When explaining the Gospel, we also need to know our audience. If I explain in "high church" terms about salvation, some people will understand. However, someone new to the faith or with no background in the Scriptures will get lost if we use "churchy" terms. Grand words might sound good, but sometimes simpler is better.

The reason to share spiritually is to communicate the Gospel – good news – of Jesus Christ. Do it so people can understand.

- Shelia

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