Confessions of a Former Word Dragon
By Tina Yeager
“Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH: THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek”
I hoarded treasure. Not coins or gems, but valuables of heartfelt cost which begged to escape my chest—words. Story-nuggets overflowed the tunnels of my mind. Conviction prompted me to share. Passion urged me to polish and deliver messages. Yet for years, this growing word-trove languished inside my stone walls.
With each failed attempt to disperse value, scaly skin of self-doubt thickened. I questioned myself. Perhaps I needed to be something else, have other talents, rather than hissing smoky letters into vacant space. How could I break free from my existence as a word-dragon and deliver value to needy souls?
I turned to the ultimate Word in hopes of finding a key. My scales fell as I discovered a sign to answer my dilemma. A literal sign. Hammered to the cross which set me free, in fact.
Pilate’s title plaque for the King offered three keys. With these insights, I shed my word dragon nature and broke free as a writer who enriches readers.
The first truth lies in the sign’s author—an imperfect creature. Pilate’s flaws couldn’t hinder the gospel. Neither will my frailty hold back God’s will for His Word.
Second, audiences must read my message in their native language. I need to imprint my story with utterances my readers will recognize and accept. If I jingle word-treasures in harmony with the heartbeat of my people, readers may see signs of their King.
Third, a message is best positioned where its audience will see it. Pilate’s sign declared Christ as King to “many” because the location was “near the city.” I must shed my cave’s comfort zone and seek the city crossroads—those venues, online and in person, where my people dwell. When I discover their places of travel, I can share God-inspired value with those who need it most.
Thank you, Jesus, for removing my scales and setting my heart on fire with your words. Lead me toward the crossroads of Your Kingdom. May You share value through me with those who need it most. Amen.
Award-winning author, speaker, and licensed therapist, Tina’s passion is to offer encouragement through spoken and written messages. She enjoys writing nonfiction and speculative fiction while coaching online clients through Divine Encouragement, LLC. Tina mentors five chapters in four states with Word Weavers International. Come visit her for a virtual cup of java at divineencouragement.com and tyeagerwrites.com.