Week beginning: 3rd January, 2016

By Mark Jones | Reigate

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."

John 1:1-3 (NIVUK)

When words fail me

As we enter a New Year, let's declutter and go back to the beginning.

In the beginning was the Word.

Words are a passion for most lawyers. We have a rich, evocative language although not so complete that we can avoid raiding other languages when looking for le mot juste.

Maybe that passion has brought you where you are now, and far from where it all began.

Through him all things were made.

As well as your vocabulary, you have your skilful use of it through written precision, persuasive oratory, deft use of silence, smooth soothing of the agitated, protective wit and deflecting humour. Skills that are admired by others, maybe even by ourselves, and which we hope will be credited as showing our "rightness" in all matters.

Such abilities were all made through him, not that I may boast or feel the admiration of others, but for the purpose of glorifying him.

So, Lord, may I find the courage to confront within me the 'eloquent in the room'. May my desire be not to impress but to bring glory to you. May my fears of appearing simple or speechless subside. May I be prepared to let my own words falter and fail in prayer, in praise and as I try to tell of what you have done for me.

Free me from those words I have constructed around me and bring me back to le mot juste where it all begins (and ends); the Word John proclaims gives life, light and overcomes darkness (John 1:4-5). It is one simple, beautiful, word.

Jesus.

Prayer Points:

1. Give thanks for the way the Lord has gifted and equipped you with language skills.

2. Ask for courage to use his name in the opportunities he will give you.