I am not a Shakespearian by any means. But, at times while struggling to read Shakespeare, there would be a ‘pop up’ that my mind would believe he wrote just for me.
His words would shake and spear my soul. One of my very favorites always sounds loudly in my ears, “…it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” (Macbeth-Shakespeare)
One of my ears would hear Shakespeare and one of my ears would hear Jesus as recorded by Matthew…
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36)
Read this Passage from the Message with me, “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” (Matthew 12:34 -37)
All our words are knitted into the fiber of our souls. Then our words spin a tale, tell a story, give counsel to our children or chatter with a friend. As Shakespeare says, a tale told by an idiot….
My good friend, Wendy, will say often to me “I read and think about third grade level.” I at times will say back to her, I am about first grade level. I say that because I love pop-up books. The pop-ups holds my imagination, my thoughts and my interacting with the ego. When I read writings way over my level like Shakespeare I am thinking I am lost and then comes his pop-ups that anyone, idiot or not, can understand.
I would like to offer a little constructive criticism (CC) for each of us. I know we are all very busy people. But, we have time for angry, envy, jealousy, self-pity, gossip, nosiness, and our busy list grows very long. A real long tale it is! So watch how you spin it! We just force fed our pride.
My CC, …when we see our actions, hear our words, as described above, recognize them for what they are. Say to yourself I am aware of my negative force of words. I at this very moment have the unique opportunity that only comes through awareness to expel negativity from my soul of woe words. When we empty ourselves from this negative flow of words we may feel empty or a big fat nobody. Hurray, you just won! Now the real you that God created can become a reality. We can now spin into a life of peace and joy and love and let the pop-ups tell our tale!
“There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” (Matthew 12:34 -37) Let them be your salvation!