Here are five words I like: ambiguity, mystery, complexity, paradox, and nuance. Am I totally goofed up?
How about you? What words speak from your soul?
posted by Mike at
1/30/2006 04:02:00 AM
I am dealing with all of those right now. I am dealing with a large group of people, from many religious backgrounds, and trying to find common ground. The Bible is full of ambiguity, mystery, complexity, paradox, and nuance.At this moment my choice of words would be precision, simplicity, and straight-forwardness.Of course then we would all be living in the same box and what fun would that be? Just hit me at the wrong moment I guess.
By Angel, at 1/30/2006 04:35:00 AM
Angel - Here are some other ones I like:unity, authenticity, diversity, perseverence, and simplicity. (Now I've listed both "complexity" and "simplicity." But I also listed "paradox"!)
By Mike, at 1/30/2006 04:40:00 AM
Sausage, bacon, ham, pork chops, bratwurst - The pig can really be a metaphor for a simple, yet complex paradox on the nuanced and mysterious unity in diversity realized (though ambiguous) in the body of Christ. But don't use this metaphor with your Jewish friends. -----------------Listen, quiet, hope, wait, do.
By Fajita, at 1/30/2006 04:50:00 AM
wonder, word, voice, majesty, ascribe
By Candy, at 1/30/2006 04:50:00 AM
Authenticity, Humility, Unity, Love and Grace.
By Michele, at 1/30/2006 05:13:00 AM
Mike,Last week, when I tried to pull up your blogspot at work, the words that spoke to me were, "This site is blocked. Reason: General Pornography."My first thought was, "Okay, what is Mike talking about today?"Apparently, our filters at work are going crazy, but I just had to share that with you. : )
By Serena Voss, at 1/30/2006 05:24:00 AM
Simplicity, joyfulness, responsibility, and contentment. All things I'm working hard toward.
By Snapshot, at 1/30/2006 05:28:00 AM
By KentF, at 1/30/2006 05:39:00 AM
Redemptive, Authentic, Cognitive, Soulful, and Organic
By David Michael, at 1/30/2006 05:40:00 AM
Conundrum, paradigm, harmony, venerate, and significance...oh yeah, and foreshadow.
By Conni H., at 1/30/2006 05:44:00 AM
Mike, will, preach, on, Sunday
By Beverly, at 1/30/2006 05:48:00 AM
Community, authenticity, love, family, together
By Karen, at 1/30/2006 06:04:00 AM
Love, friendship, honesty, laughter, and genius.
By FeedingYourMind, at 1/30/2006 06:07:00 AM
Integrity, warm, simple, graceful, triumphant.Chad, Julia, Jenna, Krispy, Kreme.Go, ahead, buy, it, honey.
By Deana Nall, at 1/30/2006 06:07:00 AM
Shantico, Latte, Mocha, Macchiato,Frappucino....Intentional, transformational, experiential, reconciliation and "simply fabulous dahling."
By Arlene Kasselman, at 1/30/2006 06:14:00 AM
incarnational, overwhelming gratitude (I know, two words. But how do you say it the way you want to without including "overwhelming?"), optimistic
By drjimwhite, at 1/30/2006 06:29:00 AM
Chocolate, cheesecake, obstreporous
By KathyGS, at 1/30/2006 06:36:00 AM
renewal, faithfulness, mercy, love, passion, hope, unity, and of course Cardinal-Baseball (if you say it right its only one word)
By Brandon Moore, at 1/30/2006 06:38:00 AM
unity, missional, incarnational, family,friends.
By Randy, at 1/30/2006 06:45:00 AM
Beautiful, hope, faith, joy, peaceCoffee, sleep, sunshine, lip gloss
By Beaner, at 1/30/2006 07:11:00 AM
Discipline, Choices, Shame, Forgiveness, CourageAnyone else out there trying to raise teenagers......
By Paul W, at 1/30/2006 07:12:00 AM
I take my cues from the Preacher in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, so paradox--the "both/and" rather than the "either/or" is where I'm at these days.Twenty years ago I saw everything in black and white. These days the view is technicolor, with shades of gray intermingled to make things interesting.
By mike the eyeguy, at 1/30/2006 07:15:00 AM
nurture, diversity, reconciliation, pugnatious, hot sauce, and option footballTry and use all of those words in one sentence.
By Josh Ross, at 1/30/2006 07:45:00 AM
I had fun looking the words up just to make sure I really knew what they meant. An interesting combination, Mike, but I don't think they point to you being "goofed up" in any way. :-) Lots of awesome choices in the comments here.Like Paul W I've also got teenagers in progress (three of them right now). If I'm thinking about parenting teens, I suppose my five words would be:vacillation, delight, panic, entreaty, awe
By reJoyce, at 1/30/2006 07:50:00 AM
compassion and floccinaucinihilipiliphication.
By Keith Jones, at 1/30/2006 07:56:00 AM
Sitting here in a circle in Nashville planning next fall's Zoe conference. Would appreciate prayers.Now . . . let the GOOD WORDS continue.
By Mike, at 1/30/2006 08:03:00 AM
1. useful (because I want to be more in the kingdom)2. faithful (because I want to be ... to my husband, my children, my friends, my ministries and my God)3. consistent (because I want to honest in all do and all I try to be)4. tired (because I am most of the time)5. Momma (because it is the title I am most proud of and the most exhausted by)
By Jimmy, Tiffany, Abigail and Cooper, at 1/30/2006 08:21:00 AM
broken, strong, tears, laughter. Am I totally goofed up?
By Amy, at 1/30/2006 08:46:00 AM
love, waiting, patience, sacrifice, hope, trust, longingPrayers for ZOE conference are being lifted up. May the Spirit guide the planning.
By songbirdintl, at 1/30/2006 08:56:00 AM
Oh, and I just love the word eclectic. I love eclectic decor and eclectic friends.
By Amy, at 1/30/2006 08:57:00 AM
The English language is such a wondrous medium which, when utilized by skilled artists, can become masterpieces. A writer or speaker can say exactly what he means or whatever he wants the reader or hearer to think is meant. The use of some of the words enumerated in today's blog and its comments bring to mind vivid pictures and evoke varied emotions. I have found, however, when I am at a loss for words, yet a response is expected, I can always utilize one very quiet yet profound phrase which seems to say it all..."doo dah." If more is needed, however, I can expand the phrase to "O doo dah day."
By CarlaMac, at 1/30/2006 09:21:00 AM
Well done my faithful son.chips, gaucamole, lazy-boy (one word!)and World Series.humility, compassion, conquer, trust, follow.I want to follow Jesus.
By Joel Quile, at 1/30/2006 09:28:00 AM
I love how British people say the word "photograph."
By Deana Nall, at 1/30/2006 10:18:00 AM
Notice how everyone seems to just tip toe around the issue… It is the elephant in the room that no one wants to notice or talk about. It is time for someone to step up to the plate and just let go….The painfully obvious answer is… “Yes, Mike…you are totally goofed up.”However, that fact does not negate the whole “words that speak to your soul” thread that you started today. It’s really a great idea for a goofed up guy.Just because I am working on my annual review…Performance, Accomplishments, Compliance, Expectations and Credibility are speaking to me today.
By J A Pierpont, at 1/30/2006 10:38:00 AM
Peace. Hope. Anticipation. Rest. Newness.But...in the meantime: chips and salsa. Lots of it.
By Matt, at 1/30/2006 10:45:00 AM
I love words--to look up their meaning, to spell them(frontwards & especially backwards after playing "Cranium"). I think that makes me goofier than anybody! Here are some I've been thinking about lately: obtuse,arbitrarily,Joaquin,& elongated. I SO wish we could've kept the British accent--ANY word they pronounce is so lovely,even if it's definition is not! Am praying for next year's Zoe worship conference & I'm already looking forward to it!
By annie, at 1/30/2006 10:46:00 AM
I read this post way early this morning and the only thing I thought of was that your mind sure works good early in the morning. It's now lunch and I've thought of one big word that hasn't already been used (i don't think - I don't have the patience to read all this stuff)Melodious
By That Girl, at 1/30/2006 10:48:00 AM
Grandmother, mother, daughter, aunt, wife.
By Hoots Musings, at 1/30/2006 11:33:00 AM
Intimacy,Grace,Shekinah glory....these words bring me closer to heaven. But then there is Chocolate.....which brings me right back down to earth.
By Kate, at 1/30/2006 12:19:00 PM
Holiness, Love, Grace, Mercie, Forgiveness, Sacrifice, Patience, Peace, Unity....my mantra while running
By parkbob, at 1/30/2006 12:27:00 PM
Tradition, History, Knowledge, Perspective, Conversation
By Gay Restorationist, at 1/30/2006 01:26:00 PM
By Larry, at 1/30/2006 04:34:00 PM
synergy, serendipity, reconciliation, relationship, grace
By Fellow Traveler, at 1/30/2006 04:38:00 PM
By contratimes, at 1/30/2006 05:19:00 PM
I have always liked words and wish I had been more disciplined in learning words that are especially rich in meaning. Today, some of the words whose meanings I particularly like thinking about are: harmony, mystery, gathering, integrity, wonder, authenticity, anticipate, and paradox.I also really like evanescent mostly because it has such a beautiful sound.Yours goofily, Kathy
By Vkls, at 1/30/2006 05:59:00 PM
Words I feel God whispering to me lately...well, sometimes he has to shout them for me to hear...but I do feel this has been message for me lately...silence, quiet, presence, patience, and prayer
By julie, at 1/30/2006 07:21:00 PM
family, belonging, serenity, peace, tranquilityOf course this is Monday and for a stay home Mom of two soon to be three I also like these wordstakeout, frappicino, bubble bath, self-cleaning, and fully assembled. not to mention SPELL-CHECK! Why don't they have that for comments!
By SG, at 1/30/2006 07:26:00 PM
grace, blessed, mountain, river, daughter.Oh, and...Denver, Broncos, Avalanche, Clapton, Lovett...
By Lisa E, at 1/30/2006 07:46:00 PM
Beauty, Create, passion, hope, and Godiva
By Flutter, at 1/30/2006 07:54:00 PM
One more word: lavish (thinking of 1 John 3)Kathy
By Vkls, at 1/30/2006 09:06:00 PM
Exoneration. That's gotta be one of my very favorite words.
By Tracy, at 1/30/2006 09:37:00 PM
Tracy,I can relate to your word.
By Serena Voss, at 1/31/2006 04:15:00 AM
oxymoron, antimacassar, aluminium (the British way) conundrum, sesquicentenialJust because they sound neat and I hardly ever get to use them.
By Sarah_RN, at 1/31/2006 05:19:00 AM
unity, diversity, faith, peace, and love
By Terri Reed, at 1/31/2006 06:59:00 AM
Many good posts here. Most of you have already used my choice words. So I think I'll just quote Jackie Chiles, "Shallow. Unattractve. Disgusting."
By Joel Maners, at 1/31/2006 10:28:00 AM
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