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Son of Man 92:3 Words


Issue 592

Did you know that United Nations estimates that 4 billion people lack a reliable way to address their homes? Apparently 75% of the world suffers from poor addressing or none at all. In short, they find it hard to tell others where they are or how to be found.

A group of geocoders has divided the entire world into a grid of 3 meter by 3 meter squares and assigned each one a 3 word address. If you Google “what3words” you can explore this idea yourself. That strategy attempts to answer the question “where are you?” It got me thinking about 3 word answers to other questions such as “who are you?” or “what defines you?”

When I describe myself I often use the words “writer; speaker; coach” to let people know what I do. Other times I will use the phrase “reducing; unnecessary; pain” to indicate a passion of mine.

In one sense it’s an arbitrary way of approaching these questions but it also provides a useful exercise to focus your thinking.

As you seek to live out your beliefs and values, what 3 words would you use to describe yourself? Interestingly, what words would others use to describe you?

God has revealed divine nature in 3 words “Father; Son; Spirit.” Sometimes we use the words “body; soul; spirit” to describe ourselves. For some reason 3 words often crop up when we describe important aspects of our lives.

What about Jesus of Nazareth (3 words)? Did he give us some 3 word phrases or groups of words to focus our minds? “Love; one; another” comes to mind, how about “gain; whole; world” and “lose; your; soul”? They conjure up images of deeper truths.

Speaking of which he called himself “Way; Truth; Life”. Perhaps, as you reflect on this, you can turn it into a prayer that the Spirit will work in you to balance and enhance your reputation, for example, as person of “honesty; integrity; reliability”.

The more you look the more you will find (“ask; seek; knock”) and may I suggest the more you will be inspired. This week as we ”restart; weekly; email” my prayer is that you will deepen your own self-awareness of what it means to be a citizen of the “Kingdom; of; God” as we continue to explore Jesus’ favorite title for himself “Son; of; Man”.

I look forward to walking with you on this journey which “Paul; of; Tarsus” distilled down into “faith; hope; love”

Work;well; today



John 14:5-8

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

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Series: Son Of Man
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