Life's Journey

Meekness

We pay so little attention to our language anymore.

  • My grandson recently commented to me that people don’t write like they used to anymore.
  • Descriptive words have become nonexistent.
  • Language now is limited to short characters when writing, or slang when verbalizing with someone.
  • We in many ways have let our minds become lazy.
  • Why don’t we have time for words, either written or spoken?
  • Because….we’re just too involved with me, myself and I, that we don’t have time for anything else.
  • How sad it is to live this way, when one of our greatest pleasures is the enjoyment of reading, words of songs that express emotion, using our minds and focusing on what is going on all around us.
  • It seems we live only in the moment. In doing this, we cheat ourselves and the people we care about the most.

Today’s post is a word study.

  • The first of this week I was part of a group discussion concerning the word MEEK.
  • It has been in the forefront of my mind ever since.
  • There have been many times during the past years that I have thought about and reflected upon this word.
  • It has an interesting definition that gives rise to many pictures in the mind.

The word MEEK congers up negative images which are untrue. 

  • Of being whimpy, of weakness, a mousey or subdued person; each of which is not an attractive vision.
  • (Think of Popeye’s friend Whimpy who could never give an opinion or an answer to anything).
  • Most people would be offended if you described them as MEEK; which gives evidence that they know nothing about this word, and probably many other forgotten words in the language of today.

Dictionary definition of MEEKNESS:*

  • Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding, given to forbearance under injuries;
  • Humble, unostentatious, unpretentious
  • Forbearance (a related word): command of temper, restraint of passions, exercise of patience, long suffering, indulgence toward those who injure one
  • Tame (another related word): to make gentle and familiar; as to tame a wild beast; to subdue; to conquer; to soften (the tongue comes to mind here)
  • Interesting words with cross over meanings.

Application definition of MEEKNESS, keep this in mind, because it will never be surpassed: “STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL.”

  • Picture in your mind a horse that has been gentled, tamed. What beautiful giant creatures they are.
  • It’s fascinating to watch a horse work with his owner at a rodeo or to see a thoroughbred run a race under the control of a small jockey.
  • They are powerful, but their power is put to use and under control.
  • They are both MEEK and strong at the same time.

Spend some time thinking about this meaning and applying it on your personal journey. 

  • It will help preserve you from problems with your mouth, from making poor choices in difficult situations, improve your relationships, be more understanding of others, give you less stress.
  • The list goes on and on.
  • There’s nothing wrong with being MEEK, humble, controlling your temper, exercising patience, and being long suffering.
  • A person of strong character has those attributes.
  • Put this to practice in your life. It will help you conquer fears, people and situations.

MEEKNESS: IS STRENGTH UNDER CONTROL

“The greatness of man’s power

is the measure of his surrender.”

(William Booth)

  * Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (unabridged)

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