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JUST PLAIN JUST
I suddenly awakened to resounding words bouncing around in my head. As customary, I had a thought. Fortunately, not wakening the wife, I silently tiptoed to the kitchen and opened my trusty laptop and quickly went to work. I pecked away as fast as my nimble fingers allowed.
Outside, a storm was brewing with a well-choreographed lightning storm, accompanied by resounding thunder. My faithful four-legged family companion lying comfortably by my side was snoring a little. My mind whirled faster than my pecking could handle. I began to write.
Had I chosen the right title? Will its contents be accepted and enjoyed? The same old questions that always run through my doubtful mind. But by some unknown factor they somehow always become a reality.
Looking up from my laptop, the storm was disappearing, giving way to the oncoming sunrise. My dog stretched his weary bones, looking at his empty food bowl to the sound of my laptop pecking.
My thoughts having been carefully recorded, I once again continued my sleep and fortunately my wife was undisturbed. The habitual routine finished again.
In this uncertain chaos within America, we just needed a bit of light-hearted levity. I trust you will enjoy thus rather unique blog entitled “Just Plain Just.” At least give it a read.
“Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person's lips bring satisfaction.” (Proverbs 18:20)
I once knew a very nice European family who were having difficulty learning the English language. The wife once told me, “I go to the store and just say, give me a piece of meat 'so long,' then, when someone leave us, they just say, 'so long'." At least, she got the adverb “just” right.
Ever try carrying on a conversation, or pronouncing a sentence, without using the overly used adverb “just”? Be it proclaiming a recent event, announcing a particular act, giving a fact. Maybe in declaring a situation or fact that is not really important. Or a particular time or event is not all that important.
Maybe too, you have used this little word as an adjective. Adjective root words such as, moral, correct, proper, ethical. virtuous, decent, above or beyond, and the list could “just" go on and on. Just get my drift?
Well, I’m not a skilled grammatical specialist, authority or expert, by any stretch of the imagination. I’m “just” an amateur blogger who likes to write. And it appears that I’m falling in that same old trap of word usage.
Good thing I’m not a professional writer, depending on the correct usage of the King's English, for I’d probably fail from the very get-go. I’m “just” a plain old country novelist, who being retired “just” likes to freelance as a hobby.
Being a proud red, white and blue, freedom-loving American who “just” likes to chat, talk and carry on a civil discussion, from time to time, my country speech often arrives shortly before I do. Or I may simply open mouth and insert foot, from time to time. Yes, I’m a proud converted Southern gentleman. At least I like to think so.
So that brings me to wondering and my curiosity gets the best of me. I can’t help my astonishment with the various Biblical writings, especially the great number of different authors writing over such an extended period of time. There must have been one central guiding force behind such writings. To understand this wonderment, I “just” went straight to the Scripture where the answer was divinely given. Here it is.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness," (II Timothy 3:16)
“God superintended these human authors so that, using their individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error God’s Word to man. Inspiration does not involve mechanical dictation but the accurate recording of God’s words. Inspiration does not extend beyond the original manuscripts, though the texts we possess today have been transmitted with high accuracy.” (Dr Charles Ryrie)
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. “(II Peter 1:20-21)
“The prophets were moved by God, and not by any impulse of man. This shows the dual authorship of God’s Word - the Holy Spirit guiding and guarding the men involved in the writing.” (Dr. Charles Ryrie)
I can only surmise in unfounded presumption, “just” how the biblical writers’ transcripts would have played out, if these divinely directed writers had actually used the adverb “just”, as an emphasis of their vernacular. No use pursuing this thought, as it was never divinely directed.
According to some grammatical authorities, the recurrent usage of a particular word is syntactically incorrect. So, for this blog, if presented in the halls of education, indeed, I would probably receive a resounding big red letter “F”. It was sort of fun, nonetheless, putting it together. Please don’t give up reading it. There “just” has to be a message somewhere within its writing. If so, it will “just” be worth the search, worth the time spent.
I just loved my family, my close family and my extended one. I was lucky, in that both sides were deepened in the Christian faith. Both sided spending the biggest part of their lives in full time Christian ministry.
I just loved my father-in-law. I suppose if he had of put a pen and paper in my hand, I would have been an accomplished writer. Nonetheless, I trust you liked this novelists writing.
I have a confession. I’m the world’s worst in using repeated words such as the word “just.” All one would need do, is simply ask the family. I guess this habit of mine may have “JUST” helped bring about this blog.
Unfortunately, as the family will often say, my ego seems to enjoy a lively boost within my many blog writings. The family is so kind in giving me such a shot in the arm for my literary enhancements. My blogs do sometimes give a little push into reality, but the folly of it is also short lived.
Thanks to my freelance insanity, this blog became reality. I trust this was one such blog that did not find its way to your shelf of “I’ll read later.” Perhaps it “JUST” became another blog in your memory bank of successful reads.
Interestingly enough, I’ve written lots of stories ranging from fiction to nonfiction, to man’s inhumanity to man, the benefits of faith-based living, and so on. Nonetheless, this one “Just” takes the proverbial cake. So, please take a big bite, if you will.
After reading this blog, come the next office day, you may “just” elect to share this blog with your co-workers, around the water cooler. It may “JUST’ revive you, and the others, from the rigors of depression.
Now, if you are still not convinced of an explanation for this blog, “JUST” Google its interpretation. Amen!
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
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