The Longest Word in the Dictionary 



Krishan Ghosh is a fourth-grader at Harrison elementary school in Springfield.  This 9-year-old student represented this area at the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.  To get this far--Krishan survived 74 rounds of spelling to win the Southwest Missouri Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. The young lad was interviewed by the Springfield-News Leader, he said, "I first learned to love spelling competitions in kindergarten when I watched a first-grade class bee and realized I could spell every word correctly".  He went on to say,  "I study two to three hours a day--more on the weekends".


Young Krishan went on to comment how he could spell the longest word in the dictionary.  Okay, are you ready for this word, here goes...


"It has 45 letters", Krishan noted after spelling the word correctly.  According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary it is, "a pneumonconiosis caused by the inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust".


Having received two seminary degrees, I could throw out some "75 cent" theological words that sound real impressive--but let me give you what I think is the essential word for a church.  It is the word "share".  That is what we are all about.

      --We are to share the difference Christ has made in our lives

      --We are to share about the 180 church

      --We are to share the cross 

      --We are to share our lives with other people


The essential word for too many churches is simply the word  "attend".  That pretty much summarizes up Christianity for too many people.  Many see it this way--our job, our responsibility, is to simply "attend" and that is as far as it goes.  Don't get me wrong--it is important to attend church, but if we never move to the next step "share", then we are not being the church.  Sharing can be as simple as carrying one of our 180 business cards in your wallet / purse and make it a goal to give it out to someone once a week.  It can simply be sharing with a friend how Christ has helped you through a hard time in your life.  Sharing does not have to be difficult!  If we are looking for opportunities-- God will open doors for us to share.


I am sorry to say that the 9-year old boy, Krishan, did not win the spelling bee in Washington, D.C.  But he did attend and he did the very best that he could.  I hope when it comes to the spelling and applying the word "share"-- we also are doing the very best that we can.