POP-UP Art

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!

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21 thoughts on “POP-UP Art

  1. Truly, this is NOT a Mid-Summer’s Night Dream. For the Book of Proverbs says, in Chapter 6:2, “You are SNARED by the words of your mouth.” To be snared is to be trapped or caught or more interestingly, to be LURED. Many of us are LURED into snaring our own selves by juicy gossip, not realizing that the juice produced is like HEMLOCK, a poison Shakespeare used to “knock off” one of his characters in one of his famous plays.
    What we say negatively about others behind their backs and “behind the back fence” is a curse not only upon them but upon ourselves.
    But another famous literary work, THE BIBLE, says,”Let the WORDS OF MY MOUTH and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to YOU, Oh Lord my GOD.”
    A man can be blessed by the fruit of his lips….or he can be cursed.

  2. “When we empty ourselves from this negative flow of words we may feel empty or a big fat nobody.” These words of Sara’s brought to my mind a pop-up picture and a pop-up scripture. The picture was of a garden pond with a flowing fountain in the middle…upon closer inspection one sees the beauty is marred by the dirty, murky water in it. Not even the birds want to drink out of this water. It needs to be completely emptied, cleaned and filled with fresh water. Once the old is forcefully pumped out and new put in it brings health to its fish, beauty to its surroundings and a clear reflection of anyone who looks into it. The scripture this reminded me of was from James 3:9-12 “With it (our tongue)we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in the likeness of God;from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?..”
    Thanks for making me more aware through your CC.

  3. WOW Sara this is indeed truly a very much needed thought provoking blog….so many words being spoken by each and all during this time of voting and every day life…it truly makes me think especially when you mentioned woe words….these words are coming from an abundance in ones heart…the overflow….yes we had better remember our words are creative and thats power….I remember reading that as a man thinks in his heart so is he….now reading this blog and recalling that particular word of the Lord..lNot sure where it is yet but will try to find it) I have come to understand that if hes thinking it in his heart its going to coming out of his mouth and its either “salvation or damnation” that his words have created and not just for himself but others…..wow Sara you sure get one to thnking and looking at ones life and those whom one is in fellowship with….good stuff….dj

  4. HUM, DJ, a pop-up art by an artist. I see you are the artist of the pop-ups!

    I agree about the upcoming Presidential elections, I have changed my mind on many issues by listening to the speaker. I have changed my heart vote by listening to the ugliness of words from the candidate, and those that support the candidate. Words are like the fires that burn in the forest out of control. We need rain to put them out and rain only comes from the rain maker.

    When I read Proverbs 23:7 that you quoted,”as a man thinks in his heart so is he.” Don’t forget the b part of the verse, he eats and drinks with you but his heart is not with you. And, if you are brave you will read vs. 8, you might throw up what you just ingested from that idiot.
    Yep, Shakespeare said it better than I, “…it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”

  5. hemlock a highly poisonous European plant of the parsley family, with a purple-spotted stem, fernlike leaves, small white flowers, and an unpleasant smell.
    • a sedative or poisonous potion obtained from this plant. Such a potion was said to have been used to poison Socrates.

    Well, MG, if are words are hemlock and that poisonous potion poison Socrates. How many people have we poison with our words? Would our idle words be a poison plant growing and waiting for the right moment to poison wisdom?

  6. I found some more apropos quotes from Shakespeare who , incidentally as readers can ascertain by now, must have gotten much of his material from the Bible. For example in
    TROILUS and CRESSIDA, Agammemnon says, “He that is proud eats up himself; pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle.” WOW!
    And in another place in the same play, I quote, “The man’s undone forever; for if he break not his neck in the combat, he’ll break it himslef in VAIN-GLORY.” That goes also for those who take credit for someone else’s ideas or work, also.
    As Sara wrote above, one ear hears Shakespeare and one, JESUS!
    Shakespeare says in MEASURE FOR MEASURE, “To have what we would have, we speak not what we mean.” Hmmm; Sounds like a lot of exaggeration and babble is being described here, the subject of this blog. Just babbling on about nothing. Like what Shakespeare says about acquisition and that which can be applied to idle words and gossip….”Making something NOTHING by augmenting it.” but rather I would re-phrse it….making NOTHING something by augmenting it…..IDLE WORDS! Shakespeare must have been a good soil for the WORD of GOD in Jesus Christ! He certainly quotes HIM much in his plays.

  7. sounds like Shakespeare and Solomon were on the same page. MG are you saying that if we take credit for another’s work that it is vain glory?

  8. I believe that if a person is utilizing someone’s ideas and/or creative thought, innovations, etc. that they have a moral and ethical responsibility to give credit where credit is due. If we take the glory for another’s IDEA, and claim it as our own, then that is it! It’s in vain. There will be no glory given when we stand before our Creator to give an account of our actions and motivations. Jesus says that those who glory in another’s accomplisments claiming them as their own and basking in the praise of unsuspecting others, …well, they have their reward. There will be no other reward when they stand before God for an accounting. I believe that’s called ROBBERY????

  9. I don’t think the majority of people who take credit where no credit is due are aware of it. Ego seemly blinds. That is why awareness is so vital, don’t you think?

    “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.”

    This could mean action as well. Action with words and then action again to celebrate the praise.

  10. Just yesterday I got a call saying that a meeting was held that was so negative that it was as if the person had a sip of the hemlock which darkened her day and days. The hemlock must have a multiplication effect as we see it in the elections and day to day conversations. One person seems to try and out negative another climbing the ladder of pride on the backsides of others or sharing their negative woes. Who has the antidote? Jesus! Our hearts must go through a purging of the negative arrows (as Sara and the dailylilies say above) from the heart and put on the love, hope, peace of Jesus and then as In Psalms 45:1 Beautiful words… (will) fill my mind. I …(will then) speak of royal things. My tongue … (will then be) like a pen of a skilled writer. This is our ultimate goal.

  11. If our tongues are the pen, then the ink is the milk of human kindness and comapssion; not hemlock. Some have the tongues of ready SMITERS but our God encourages us to be like Jesus. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. All other words are gibberish and sin. Wow! Trying to take back poisonous words is like trying to grasp the wind or gather feathers from in a tsunami. No can do!

  12. Rena, ref. the negative meeting.Did anyone, and especially the one that shared with you the negative change the course of the meeting with their positive words of praise? What did they do? I see from your comments that they passed along the negative. But, what, whom and when will we have the talent or skill to heal, restore and make changes.

    My thoughts are if someone held a meeting and gave everyone hemlock words, how did they get detoxed?

  13. I would also like to say that one of my favorite things about words are prayers. Sometimes I think of Shakespeare and other great writers and artist and I think whoa, how did they do that? Then I think about how each of us have been given the opportunity of speaking to God Himself.

    When I think of Spring which only seems days away now, trees and flowers will burst into bloom! How will I express my gratitude to the maker of the blooms. Easter is only a few weeks away, how will I express my poetic emotion of an empty tomb birthing life.

  14. Jesus gave us a key to the mind, heart and words being of one, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

  15. Matthew 12: 36 “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.”

    Idle – 1) “useless; futile” 2)”unfounded” 3)a.”unemployed; not busy b. inactive; not in use” 4) “lazy”

    “every idle”,(useless, futile, unfounded, inactive, lazy) “word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.”
    Hummm…..Lord, please help me control my tongue. Thanks Sara, for the constructive criticism. We must be aware of this “negative force of words that could be feeding our pride.” I’d like to encourage us all to read or reread James 3: 1-12.

  16. Needles, I thought I would share your passage from the Message.
    James 3:1-12
    Don’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards. And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life.

    A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!

    It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
    This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

    My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?

  17. Needles I re-read James 3:1-12 (well what Sara put up) and that translation …. if I had socks on they would have been knocked off….man just to think about the tongue being like a spark to burn down a whole forest…..I think of all the wild fires they have in CA and how much was and is destroyed….thats what is done with our tongues when not used with wisdom….but an Eden is created when our tongues speak the word of God in wisdom…life is given and hope and encouragement..I could just see the devestation our unruly tongues bring….Oh God I say with Needles Help me, help us, control our tongues…….

  18. Needles your scripture and comment about idle words ties right in with Rena’s blog “Sing a Hymn with Me”. If we think of how many words we use every day and measure their effectiveness by how many people came to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior as a result of those words. It makes this part of the song verse rattle my being :”Behold how many thousands still are lying
    Bound in the darksome prison house of sin, With none to tell them of the Savior’s dying,Or of the life He died for them to win.

  19. As I re-read this blog, the word that comes to my mind is PRIDE. A prideful heart can be full of anger, envy, jealous, self-pity, gossip, and nosiness. Examples: Anger/self-pity: “Look at how she treated me, after all I’ve done for her. I can’t wait until she needs something. I deserve better.” Examples: envy/jealousy: “Did you see her new shoes. I know those shoes would look better on me. I’ve got to have a pair.” Examples: gossip/nosiness: “I heard ______ is having an affair with______. I can’t believe it. How could she do something like that. She should be ashamed of herself.” God hates a prideful heart. God separates himself from pride. We as Christians must be careful of pride. Instead of being an example above, we should humble ourselves and pray with/for these hurting people. The more pride we have in our hearts the further away from God we are. Pride is straight from Satan. We need to understand that our sin is just as severe as our neighbors. It’s equal and separates us from God. We must humble ourselves daily.
    Romans 12:16 “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all.”
    Psalms 10:11 “The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us! He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do.”
    Luke 18:11-14 “The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer. ‘I thank you , God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like the tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner. 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
    Pride is ugly. Are we the Pharisee or are we the tax collector?

  20. Chickenfarmer, you give us a good mirror to see if pride shows its reflection in it. And you are right that ‘pride is ugly’. God resists (defeats and opposes)the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (I Peter5:5). And He does not despise a broken and contrite heart (Ps 51:17) like the tax collector had.

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