Words Can Be Sticky

Ever come across a quote and know it’s going to change something about you? Maybe change everything about you?

Ever read something and wish you hadn’t because once you read it, it’s part of you now? You can’t unhear words. Sometimes you can choose to phase it out or focus so hard on something else you aren’t as affected by it, but sort of you still are. The second you start to wonder, “Am I strong enough to hear this again without freaking out?” You can’t possibly know until you repeat the words or you listen to them again. But then it’s too late. It’s a terrible cycle. Unless of course God keeps bringing this word around and around to get it through your my thick head.

Today (and last May) I read a quote by A.W. Tozer. He says, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about is.”

He wrote those words in 1978. I was two, but I am pretty sure he wrote them so that one day I would hear them, and they would stick. These words have implications. These words get a little heavier when they are in the same chapter as this quote:

“To risk is to willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God and an unknown future, then to watch him come through. He starts to get real when you live like that.”

Because we don’t know God simply because we grew up learning about him or because we go to church. We don’t know him because we were baptized or refrain from cussing. Really knowing God doesn’t happen because we volunteer to bring food to needing people or help with the annual food drive.

Willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God…


He’s real and he wants to show us in the small things and the big picture, but it’s going to take a moment of risk on our part. Then the most important thing about us will in fact be what comes to our minds when we think about God and it will be words like


Know what I mean?