In a recent bid to improve writing skills, I went in search of unnecessary words. Words such as that, very, and really are common unnecessary words in modern prose. To my horror, several websites included amazing in their list.
According to the Huffington Post, amazing ranks in the top twelve most overused words. Another blogger’s comments suggested details described “amazing” are usually average.
The revelation bothered me. You see, the vision of my blog and writing is “be amazing.” Now I discover the word is over used. Worse, for the most part, matter is not so amazing. Should I find a more meaningful phrase for my mission statement?
It got me thinking.
The declaration is, “Be amazing.” Who am I urging to be amazing? You. Me. People. Are people worthy of the word amazing?
Human beings at times do not behave in an amazing fashion. Road rage, child trafficking, unspeakable violence display humanity at its worst.
Okay, so at times people aren’t all that amazing. But if anything or anyone is amazing, it is God – Bright Morning Star, Alpha and Omega, I AM. Yes, the Most High is amazing.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
Humanity is bestowed the highest honour: made in the image of God. In the likeness of the One most worthy of amazing. Charged to be like Him. Designed to be amazing.
According to Genesis 1, everything made was so very good. Psalm 139 praises the Almighty for the complexity of His workmanship in the human body. Ephesians 2:10 declares we are God’s masterpiece. In Father’s eyes, we are amazing. We rise to the expectation.
To be amazing is no ordinary task. It will take bravery, grace, and faith. We need all the encouragement we can get.
So I will say it over and over again. It is not common, inconsequential, or an understatement. It is a most noble calling, the greatest privilege. In a world of unamazigness, shine your light. With unveiled faces reflect His glory.
With all you can, be amazing.
By the way, if you haven’t done so already, grab Be Amazing: You Know You Want To. You’ll enjoy it.