beautiful English

I love beautiful English. Beautiful English has coherence, that is, there is a smooth, logical connection of ideas and syntactic parts. Beautiful English is coherent, that is, it makes sense. Beautiful English has a natural sound even though good authors sometimes use poetic license with some unnatural English to grab our attention and teach us something new. Beautiful English is vivid. It often uses metaphors and idioms which make an English text come alive. This morning after breakfast my wife and I read a beautiful English text. Two of our grandchildren (ages 7 and 5) were with us. Aidan, the 7 year old, got the gist of the text, so it is coherent. Here’s the text. I hope you see some beauty in its English as we do:

Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.

You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’s let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.

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