(Orange, Texas)

August 3, 2013

God loves adverbs

Charles Holt
The Orange Leader


I graduated from what once was called Lutcher Stark Senior High School (class of ’47). I wish I could brag about being a brilliant student—a straight “A” student—but that isn’t the case. The word “commonplace” more aptly describes my school days. The word is defined as “having no remarkable features, characteristics, or traits.” In other words, I was “ordinary.” There is nothing wrong with being ordinary; I think most people live, love, and work as ordinary people.

One might think that English would be my strong suit. It is not as most readers of this column could attest. It was the same when I attended High School. I struggle with words, sentences and whole paragraphs in an effort to be as clear as possible.

One day my English Class teacher walked down the classroom aisle returning the papers we had completed for an assignment. He stopped at my desk and said (in effect), “Charles, I think you should try harder to work on your English assignments; after all,” he said, “you do plan to become a minister one day.” He was right, but I still struggle with all facets of English composition.

Little wonder then that I was surprised when I read, “God loves adverbs.” Adverbs? I learned it is a proverb that was used by the Pilgrims. A scripture found in 1 Corinthians 15:58 says: “My dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” The writer, Stephanie Rische (and several others), point out that it isn’t so much what we do but that we do it with the right attitude—I.e., ENTHUSIASTICALLY! We must not merely work for the Lord but work with enthusiasm or with eagerness, interest, fervor and passion.

Do you recall how Elijah prayed? “He prayed earnestly (with fervor and passion, my emphasis) that it might not rain…” (James 5:17). God heard him and later sent a downpour of rain. There are other adverbs God loves. For example: “Epaphras, . . Always (labors) fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” (Colossians 4:12). The apostle Peter calls upon every believer: “see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1Peter 1:22). 

God does love adverbs. He also loves our enthusiasm, fervor and passion.