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What I want for Christmas

A quick check on Wikipedia reveals that the cliche "A picture is worth a thousand words" has many sources, ranging from Confucius to Napoleon Bonaparte.

That just means people all over the world have noticed that, well, that a single picture can convey an emotion, or an affect, that many many words cannot convey.

Words make sentences.

Pictures convey worlds.

Someone once complained this way about a talkative person: All of that person's words didn't add up to a point of view. That is such devastating criticism. Words, words, words. But no point of view.

A point of view.

Imagine yourself on a precipice, perhaps at the edge of the Grand Canyon. That precipice would be the point.

Now imagine the Grand Canyon in front of you. That would be the view.

A point of view.

May God be gracious and make each of our lives points of view for others.

That is what I want for Christmas.


Matthew 13.34 Jesus always used stories and illustrations ... when speaking to the crowds. In fact, he never spoke to them without using such parables. (NLT)

It was Joseph Epstein who cited the criticism of a person's words not adding up to a point of view. I would be hard pressed to find which Epstein essay it is in.


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