Five Minute Friday: define

“And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” Genesis 1:4, 5

Day One of creation. Separation. Definition. These things are different — light and darkness — and by their differences we can recognize and define them. Neither means anything without the other. We define them by their positive qualities, but also by what they are not. Light is not darkness. Darkness is not light. They are different as Day and Night.

And this, this is part of what it means to define a thing. To draw the line showing what it is not, so that we can see what it is. To define is necessarily an exclusive act, not unkindly, but pragmatically.

All things are not the same, and in order to function, to communicate, to exist, we have to recognize those differences — not in value, but in kind.

So that when I say that I am one thing and not another, I do not mean that another is necessarily bad. I mean that I cannot be all things, and that to be anything at all is not to be most other things.

This is not my idea: God wove it into the fabric of the world from the beginning of time. And He — He declared it good.


Linking up with Kate Motaung for her Five Minute Friday today, writing on her prompt, define. The “define” button above will take you to her site.

©2017 by Stacy Crouch

4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: define

  1. I loved your explanation that one way to define something by what it is not! I teach that technique (and all the others) to my writing students, so I was so excited to that what is important to me is known/noticed/utilized by others. Silly, I know, but I spend so much time trying to convince student writers that what I tell them is true (not just some idea I’ve come up with) that the validation is really nice. lol I also really appreciate the example of creation, light and dark, etc., in your discussion. Thought-provoking and insightful — thanks! (your Five Minute Friday next-door-neighbor)


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