Concordance: (n) an alphabetical list of the words in a text
There was a season in my life’s journey when I wanted to be a “Reverend.” Not just a minister or preacher, but an actual, full-fledged cleric.
I liked the sound of it. “Reverend.”
At that time, my immature, jealous spirit was anxious to be recognized for doing nothing while having a title. To accentuate this need and punctuate its
possibility, I bought myself the “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.”
I immediately realized why it had the name “Strong” and “Exhaustive.” To just carry the thing required you to be built like an ox.
I located some churches to pontificate spiritual lessons (in other words, preach sermons) so I opened up my Exhaustive Concordance and found words I wanted to share about, and discovered where they were peppered and placed all over the Bible, and then spent all my time trying to pull together these abstract texts–which were thousands of years apart–and create a cohesive message.
It was “inspiration by committee”–the inspiration being anything anybody could get out of my mish-mash and the committee being a host of ancient Bedouin writers who happened to mention my favored word in some favored way.
It is a horrible way to share truth, persisting to this day.
As I lost my interest in the word “Reverend,” and most of my need to evangelize through my sermonizing, I soon discovered that I no longer needed a concordance.
I just needed to share my life–good and bad–and in so doing, become much more enlightening.
And much less exhaustive.
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