Blacksmiths were an integral part of colonial America. Every facet of life was touched by this profession—from horseshoes for transportation, weapons and iron gates for protection, and tools and accessories for cooking.
According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, a Smith is “literally, the striker, the beater; hence, one who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals; as an iron-smith; gold-smith; silver-smith.”
Writers are wordsmiths. We design and forge words to give reader takeaways—providing beats of prose to strike a point. Words of truth provide fortification and protection. And words cook up new ideas and thoughts to digest and nourish.
Be the best Smith possible. Craft words that carry God’s light to a world engulfed in darkness, words that break open new truths and accomplish Heavenly purposes. With every word written, ignite a burning fire within your readers leaving a legacy of God’s love.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Psalm 119:105, Jeremiah 23:29, Isaiah 55:11 NIV).”
Lisa Buffaloe is contributing author for The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.Her articles have appeared in Angels on Earth magazine, as well as Guideposts, Rest Ministries, (in)courage.me, and others. She’s an active member of writing organizations and critique groups, leads Bible studies, and speaks to writer and women’s groups. Her manuscripts have placed as finalists in the 2011 Women of Faith and the 2010 ACFW Genesis writing contests, and won awards with other distinguished writing contests. Contact Lisa on Facebook and Twitter.
3 thoughts on “WordSmith”
Love your analogy, Lisa. Striking at the words, forging them into something useful and illuminating. Thanks for a great post!
Thank you, Elaine. Keep forging! 🙂
Thank you, Elaine! 🙂