God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10
I hate a double negative. A double negative is not unlike a squirrel running around a tree in order to arrive at the place from which he left. It is not uncommon in writing to find double negatives scattered throughout the prose of new writers. But in Scripture? And from God? (Timothy reminds us: All Scripture is God-breathed. The editing, not so much.)
If I seem a bit punchy in this week’s He Said devotional, it’s because I have spent the past week at two writers’ conferences with authors, editors, and agents. When you hang around such esteemed word-weavers, you parse, pick at, and slave over every “jot and tittle.” Jot, by the way, is a funny-sounding word that is seldom used in the English language. Tittle, on the other hand, means … well, I have no idea what tittle means, but it’s probably not what you men might be thinking.
For any of you writers out there hoping to land an editing gig for God, here are a couple of examples of how you might have improved this week’s verse. (Week as in seven days in a row, not weak as in feeble writing.)
God is not unjust. Tighten the sentence to read: “God is just.”
He will not forget. Shorten to: “He remembers.”
Have shown him. Okay, this is not a double negative, but it is passive writing, so change the phrase to: “the love you showed.”
Here’s the thing. (Thanks to Rebecca Stuhlmiller for that cliché.) I’m tired. It’s Thursday and the editor side of my brain will not allow the creative side of my brain to craft a devotional fit for He Said, She Said. But you know what? That’s okay. My ministry partner, Cindy Sproles, was nominated for a Selah award and that ain’t nothing to sneeze at. (“Was nominated” was a test to see if you picked up on the passivity. If you did not, contact Andrea Merrell or Alycia Morales to help you edit your next novel.)
All Scripture Is God inspired – not so, the editing. But praise God He will not forget (remember) your efforts to spread His truth. Therefore let us not be discouraged (be encourage) and press on to the goal of sharing His good news of love and salivation … salvation.
And may God add to your work and writing an editor.