"Aggressive Acts of Kindness", I'd titled my last post--a term I'd recently stumbled upon. From the time I encountered it, it seemed incongruous somehow--aggressive and kindness in the same phrase. When I looked up the definition of aggressive, I understood why.
1. characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country.
2. making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive: an aggressive basketball player.
3. vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness: an aggressive salesperson.
4. boldly assertive and forward; pushy: an aggressive driver.
5. emphasizing maximum growth and capital gains over quality, security, and income: an aggressive mutual fund.
Numbers 1 and 4 seemed to particularly clash with my concept of kindness. ONE WORD colored my perception.
Then, while riding with my husband a couple of days ago, I read a billboard proclaiming, "This farmland to be confiscated by Mayor Brooks Fetters". Once again I was reminded of the power of ONE WORD! Confiscated cast a strong and clear negative reaction to a decision.
Words DO have power! I'm reminded to be selective and careful in using them.
And GOD'S WORD is powerful! May it always be the ONE WORD that colors my perception!
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword,
penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow.
It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. Hebrews 4:12