Sunday, August 14, 2011

12 - Write Plainly

Computer operations should be written plainly so mistakes may not be made.

ISO 9000 is a certification many industrial customers require of their manufacturers. Simply, it says, “Write down what you do and do what you write down.” In the certification process our company found many redundant or missing processes that diminished the quality of our products and gave our competitors an edge. Instructions written clearly also make sure the training of new trainees was always the same. It becomes the baseline for a worker’s accountability.

In one sense, the Lord is ‘ISO 9000’ certified when He gave us His written word, but we must study it continually and use it in training others.

Habakkuk asked God a question and in chapter 2 God gives His answer, but first gave instruction:
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Hab 2:2.
The word ‘run’ in the verse gives us reason to take an even closer look at the reverence.

When I began emailing many years ago, I quickly learned how easy it is to misinterpret what was said when we have only text input. Our communication includes body English, tone, mood, etc. This all gives depth to what we say and hear, yet is sadly missing in email and text messaging. Even misspelled words tell the reader we were too busy, disinterested to run a spell check of our message.

Another simple New Testament reference I use so often is 1st Corinthians 14:40: Let all things be done decently and in order.

Psalms 71:18

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