The Most Powerful Word in Our Language

Yet is a word of hope and encouragement.

The word yet often combines a negative with a positive, hurt with comfort, the unaccomplished with the potential.

One little word.

Yet, it may be the most powerful word we can use. Yet changes our approach, our attitude, and our resolve when added to any sentence regarding our aspirations, accomplishments, and ability to make a difference.

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Here’s how it can work in a writer’s life.

“I haven’t written a book” becomes “I haven’t written a book, yet.”

“I’m not a published author” becomes “I haven’t been published, yet.”

“I don’t have an agent” becomes “I don’t have an agent, yet.”

It works the same way with personal goals and plans in any area of life. For the Christian desiring to grow spiritually:

“I haven’t read the Bible all the way through” becomes “I haven’t yet read the Bible all the way through.”

“I don’t ‘pray continually’” as Paul instructs us becomes “I don’t yet pray continually.”

Adding the word yet to haven’t, can’t, or don’t statement opens the door to possibility. And don’t we all want to dwell in possibility? It motivates us to keep climbing, reaching, and seeking.

Yet in the Bible  

Being a word nerd, I had to explore the use of “yet” in the Bible. According to various sources, the word appears over 600 times in the KJV of the Bible and has multiple meanings.

 I’m going to leave you with one of the most hopeful verses I found.

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is (I John 3:2 ESV).

Try adding the word yet to what could be a statement of failure, and see how it changes your perspective. Or share a Bible verse with us in which the word yet offers hope and encouragement.

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  1. Candyce, now that you’ve called attention to this little, YET important word, I suspect we’ll notice it more often. I hope to use it as you suggested. There’s always a “yet” when we trust God. Thank you for this valuable post.

  2. Great word! Here’s a verse that fits well with your comment to J.D. “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    Yes! The best is yet to come!

  3. Just what I needed today, Candyce. “Yet” is such a hopeful word. I haven’t done…yet…
    So many possibilities. Thank you for your message of faith (as J.D would say) and hope.

  4. There is so much to love about this word, as you so brilliantly point out Ms. Candyce. I call this a “faith word” as it reminds me to include faith in every statement I make the points to the future. Wonderful post ma’am; thank you and God’s blessings.

    1. Faith word. I like that Jd! Thankful we’re on the same page when it comes to this word’s value. One of my favorite uses of it is “the best is yet to come.” We can only imagine!


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