December 19

Written by Bill Grandi on December 19th, 2022

Have you ever noticed how we sometimes just simply talk too much? In an effort to carry on a conversation: in an effort to cover a lull in a conversation; in an effort to look like we know what we are talking about; in an effort to not look unprepared; in an effort to look like we are smarter than we are; in an effort to fill empty air; we engage in what has been come to be known as a “word salad.” We want people to think we are more knowledgeable that we really are.

Political people do it. Athletes do it. Pastor do it. Teachers do it. Kids do it. I remember once watching a sitcom (I think it was Room 222) and it may have been the only time I ever watched it. The student teacher was asked a question and pretended to know the answer. She was wrong and got caught in the cover-up. Her mentor said, “Never pretend to know the answer. Simply say, ‘I don’t know but I will try to find the answer.’ ” (paraphrased from memory).

That’s good advice…for all of us.

So…here is your practice round. What answer would you give if someone were to come up to you and say, “In one sentence, give me the essence of the Christmas story”?  In other words, no word salad. One short sentence.

Here is your answer:

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)

That’s it. End of story. What will you tell them?


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    The greatest gift to ever have been given is the gift of reconciliation God offers through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    Too wordy?
    Perhaps I need more practice 🙂

  2. gail says:

    I will use your line Bill and add to it. Christmas is a time for celebration (God is with us) time for Salvation (only through Jesus are we saved) time for reconciliation (to reconnect us with Our Father, through His Son Jesus Christ). All of these things we could not accomplish on our own, we needed, Jesus to show us the way.
    Too wordy I know and it’s more than one line, but I will call it woman’s prerogative LOL

    • Bill Grandi says:

      And who am I to argue with a woman? 🙂 Wordy but still true. That is what matters Gail. Thanks.

  3. What’s that saying about not opening your mouth when you think you have the answer but aren’t sure? If people suspect you are a fool, then opening your mouth could remove all doubt.
    I do try to be careful what I say to others, Bill, and having been a teacher, I can’t begin to tell you how many times I had to admit to my kids that I didn’t have the answer, but would be sure to look up whatever it was we were discussing.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Both Proverbs and Abe Lincoln have echoed that statement Martha. You are a wise woman. 🙂