Short service games

One by one, each sentence takes the stage. It says the very thing it comes into existence to say. Then it leaves the stage.*
Verlyn Klinkenborg

whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave**
Jesus of Nazareth

Two counterintuitive things that came up this morning and have something in common.

Verlyn Klinkenborg encourages me to write in short sentences.

To allow them to say what they want to say and leave.

No celebrities here.

He tells me that I will use longer sentences in time.

These will basically be short sentences joined together.

It feels counterintuitive.

Surely complex things need long sentences?

Yet short sentences can deliver what is complex.

And servanthood can deliver life-in-all-its-fullness.

Humility enters through servanthood, sparking integrity and courage.

Gratitude also, growing wholeness and generosity.

And faithfulness, opening perseverance and wisdom.

No celebrities.

Do what we do and leave.

*From Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Several Short Sentences About Writing;
**Matthew 20:27)

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