I have a piece of information, which you don’t have. Or, I don’t think, or am not sure, that you have it.
I think you should have this piece of information. In fact, I want to be sure that you do have it. So, I’m going to share it with you.
It probably falls into either or both of two categories. Hopefully, it really is important enough that I truly want you to know about it. Possibly, I simply don’t want you to say you didn’t know about it because I didn’t let you know about it.
So, I’m going to “ANNOUNCE” it.
I’ll write it out for you and give it to you, so you can see and read it. Please do see and read it.
I’ll speak it to you, so you can hear it. Please do listen carefully so you can hear it.
I really want you to have this piece of information.
However, once I write it out for you and give it to you, and, once I speak it to you, it’s up to you to do whatever with it. The ball is in your court.
Should it “grab you” or “float your boat,” take it and run with it, or, to un-mix the metaphor, go or set sail with it.
Should you run too fast, out of control, or into something (or someone), it’s not my problem.
Should you get lost while sailing, be dead in the water without wind for days on end, or sail off into the sunset, never to be seen nor heard from again, I’m not responsible.
Should it take you where you don’t want to go, well, you know the routine by now.
I was simply the “ANNOUNCE(ER”)– or messenger. Please neither shoot me, nor even think of trying to hold me accountable.
Now, should something good come of your running, sailing, or going with it, remember, you did hear it from me first. A little, or a lot, of credit, would be nice.
Oh, If the piece of information I “ANNOUNCE(D)” neither grab you nor float your boat, it MAY be okay for you to do absolutely nothing with or about it.
On the other hand, your doing nothing with or about it MAY show that you’re irresponsible, unmotivated, or, worst of all, slothful, as in “full of sloth.”
Seriously, folks, pieces of information “ANNOUNCE(D)” in the Bible by God, or by his prophets, or by Jesus, or by John the Baptist, to name a few, were and are important, to you and to me.
In fact, God, through his prophet Zechariah, speaking to God’s people who were referred to as “prisoners” and “hostages of hope, said to those people, “I ‘ANNOUNCE’ (my emphasis) today that I will restore to you twice as much as what was taken.” Zechariah 9:11, 12; The Voice Bible
People who are prisoners and/or hostages have had everything taken from them. God “ANNOUNCE(S)” God will restore to them double everything. God’s “ANNOUNCE(MENTS) are actually God’s promises.
God’s “ANNOUNCE(MENT)”/promise may very well be “good” for us and others who in any way are “hostages” and “prisoners.” May it be so.
The Word for Ash Wednesday, 2/18/15 – “ANNOUNCE”
For your information, “ANNOUNCE” appears in the New Living Translation Bible only 23 times.