You know the drill. I’ll post this Five Minute Friday contribution, link at Kate’s place on Facebook at http://www.fiveminutefriday.com and scan through the incredible work of my fellow writers. As I always say, you should try it as well — both writing and contributing or at least visiting the sites of this talented crew.
I’ve also been sharing other takes on the value of the exercise, taken from snippets found in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat as an added inducement to join in. Here’s Jennifer’s take.
“I remember the day I stumbled upon the FMF community. While concept of a prompt word certainly wasn’t new to me, the idea of writing in such a short time frame was. But it intrigued me and I jumped right on in. It wasn’t long until some of my favorite blog posts were born from a FMF prompt as I sat down on a whim to pound out a five minute story. A story that was often a little window into my heart.
“Today, FMF is still one of my favorite ways to blog. While the margin in my life is little and I can’t be as involved in the community as I would like, it’s always a joy to be able to take some time to join in, link up and read all about another writer’s take on the particular word. Just one word. Just five minutes.And beautiful things happen …”
So, let’s get into this week’s word, SECRET. The clock starts ticking now …
We all have secrets. Some are personal. Some are business related. Some are dreams or goals. We keep them to ourselves or open them up to a very small circle. Some are damaging. Some are character flaws. Same result. We keep them to ourselves, with these oftentimes allowing the guilt to fester.
We have to keep certain things under wraps. If you’re planning something special, the fewer people involved the better.
Sometimes we keep a secret to protect others … although that never works. Things get worse when the secret comes to light.
We keep secrets because we’re human. It’s part of our sin nature. In a sense, it’s a lack of trust — in ourselves, others and most important, God. But we can never keep a secret from God. He knows the innermost chambers of our heart and soul. Would not God discover this? For He knows the secrets of the heart. — Psalm 44:21 ESV … STOP
… The exercise brought to mind two other Scripture verses. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.— Ecclesiastes 12:14 ESV and For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. — Luke 8:17 ESV
When it comes to secrets, walk in the light.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Being nice doesn’t mean you’re a doormat. Set boundaries or people will take advantage of you.