by Laura L. Shaw
ECHO, ECho, Echo, echo.
There’s an echo in my head again—that echo from the past. It bounces around the wall in my mind and then ricochets off the wall of my heart.
Mind, heart. Mind, heart. Mind, heart.
They don’t like me.
I’m overlooked again, Lord. Why do people keep skipping over me?
Maybe I’m just not good enough.
Nothing I have to offer is of any value anymore.
It’s too difficult. I should quit.
Something in my mind reminds me to get my thoughts in line with Him. It is from the louder echo of my heart.
Heart. Mind. Heart. Mind. Heart. Mind.
2 Corinthians 10:5
“…stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.”
1 Corinthians 14:20
“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
Thank goodness for the power of His Word, which echoes upon the walls of my heart and mind. It has trumped the thoughts that stem from my flesh, and it has won the victory over the thoughts that come from the devil, thanks be to Jesus.
Which echoes loom around in your mind? Past ones? New ones? Looking ahead ones?
You can snuff them out with the sword of His Spirit, which is the Word of God.
So bathe in it.
Listen to it. Speak it. Read it. Sing it. Dance it. Draw it. Write it.
Learn to love it and live it.
Rely upon it.
Until His echoes are the only ones you hear.
©Copyright Laura L. Shaw 2007
All Scripture references are quoted from the NIV unless otherwise noted.
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LauraLee! I am new to FaithWriters (i week old today am I) And this is one of the most creative and best written pieces I have read yet! I could see the ping pong going in your mind and then the stronger BEAT of your heart as the Word rose to cover!
Again I say AMEN to what you have allowed God to speak through your keyboard. Thank you for these reminders to take my thoughts captive... a struggle most days for me. Thank you for pointing us to the AUTHOR! Your writing is anointed... I'm sure of it! My heart quickens when I read these words. Lesley-Anne
The fast-paced style of this piece works well to convey your message. Thank you for sharing this creative article with a good message and for taking time to comment on my story. Blessings to you. Karen
Wonderful, creative approach to remind us to leave the past behind and let God's Word influence our hearts and minds, rather than negative attitudes and harsh words spoken over us in the past.
I like the staccato effect in your poem, Laura. You can HEAR the echo. It brings out the message in a unique way...Very emphatic message. Thanks for sharing....Helen
Wonderful message, Laura. Thanks for posting it for us to read.
Laura -- I was mesmerized by how you did the "echo" and then "heart/mind" that was so cool. Your whole format is pleasing (which I know that wasn't your purpose in writing), but I still wanted to comment on it. I like your use of God's Word in your argument. That way if anyone wants to argue they can argue with Him. Nice article.
Laura, once again, you delivered a spirit-filled message that warms my heart, mind and spirit. Our mind can be our greatest enemy. Thank you for reminding us how to saturate our mind with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Blessings, Gloria
You can snuff them out with the sword of His Spirit, which is the Word of God. So bathe in it. Listen to it. Speak it. Read it. Sing it. Dance it. Draw it. Write it. Learn to love it and live it. Rely upon it. Until His echoes are the only ones you hear....Amen! Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Thanks for this word. God bless, Patty
May we all echo the Word of God in our lives! especially the written word. Thanks Laura for taking the time to allow Jesus to speak through your writing. It is an inspired, powerful and beautiful relection --echo--of Him!