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The following nonsense can actually make sense. Warning! Please do not correct, proofread, or spellcheck the following! “Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.” As the man often says, “It makes sense, if you don’t think about it.” Incomprehensible! Note:  “Some dot every T and cross every i, use purfect grammur and still say nothing.” As some say after an exquisite and expert speaker, “I understood every word, but what did he say?” Well, let’s use common sense, “If they do not understand the way you speak, then speak the way they understandunderstand?” Brilliant! Simply, “Do not use ambiguous, large, impressive words when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish greater understanding of your simple thoughts and words.” Impressive but not implicit. Abe Lincoln said, “God must have loved the common man because he made so many of us.” Stupendous!

Realize you are YOU-nique because there is only one YOU. Be YOU because all other positions are already taken. So, as I often say, “Be who you is, cuz if you ain’t who you is, then you is who you ain’t. Dr. Bill Rice, my mentor, taught me, “Great preaching is taking a deep, dull, dry subject and making it easy for everyone to understand.” It is a compliment when someone says, “Your messages are clear and easy to understand.” “(Jesus) Called all the people unto him, he said… Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand” (Mark 7:14). Jesus said to all seven churches in Revelation, “He that hath ears let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Simply put, “Look & Listen” – “Hear & Heed.” Remarkable! 

Phillip said to the Eunuch, “Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?” (Acts 8:31-32). Change hard words without changing meaning. Proverbs are short, powerful sentences of wisdom. Short statements are long remembered while long speeches are forgotten. As a deacon said, “Stop trying to wax elephants (eloquent).” Paul said, “I had rather speak five words with my understanding … than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue (language)”  (1 Cor. 14:19). So the lesson to learn is to keep it simple so all can understand. Put it on the shelf where all can reach it. Always consider who is before you. Then teach them (Matt. 28:20). Use your sixth sense of common sense. You will be glad you did, and so will multitudes of others. Again, “It makes sense if you don’t think about it.” Nonsense Can Make Sense. Astounding!   

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