One of my favorite authors gave me a valuable life-changing gift. Dr. Gary Smalley taught me how to use word pictures to get my point across to others with clear understanding while making the point memorable. This gift was unwrapped when I read The Language of Love: A Powerful Way to Maximize Insight, Intimacy and Understanding by Gary Smalley and John Trent.

Applying the how-to method of creating a word picture from this book has helped me grab an audience’s attention, re-energize an audience and connect with individuals. The point of this post today is to inspire you to bring added value to your presentations and writings by giving your audiences and readers a memorable gift of a meaningful word picture.

Here is an example of a word picture that I wrote after Easter. My ink pen was like a paint brush in my hand that drew my thoughts across a note pad for others to see with me.


Were the birds silent for three days? Were the tails of puppies not wagging during the three days of weeping? Were the winds standing still in those few sorrowful days?

I believe that after the stone rolled away for the Risen Savior, the birds sang, puppy tails wiggled, and the winds caused the leaves to clap in the trees.

Like the birds, puppies, and wind when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I couldn’t be silent about His gospel story. I couldn’t sit still and not teach His ways. I couldn’t keep from reaching out to move others to applause God and His glory.


Gary Smalley says, “One emotional word picture is worth a thousand words.” If you added one word picture story to your presentation, you would be giving each member of your audience a valuable gift.

The Language of Love has easy step-by-step methods that are worth applying if you want to be an added value gift giver.

Speak on.


Where there is no vision, the people perish.    Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)