Friday, October 29, 2010


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: reckoning

How would you define the word reckoning?

Do you think it's the same or different than revenge? Explain.

"For the LORD of Heaven's Armies has a day of reckoning." (Isaiah 2:12)

Let me know what you think!!

“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave youFor God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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  1. Now you have me thinking! I would say reckoning is a settling. God's reckoning is a judgment, a weighing. It's settling accounts, and those without Jesus as Lord will come up wanting, whereas those who believe will have their debt paid.

    Thanks for encouraging thoughfulness today!

  2. Well, I reckon ...

    Sorry. I live in Georgia, after all. The word "reckon" is one of those "fixin' to" words.

    Biblically speaking, I tie it to keeping a tally or account of something, counting up. A day of reckoning is when the balance sheets are reviewed. I think of the hand writing on the wall in Daniel; you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.

    BTW, I'll see your War and Peace and raise you a Gone With the Wind later this afternoon. Ha! (And does it bother you as much as I do that we don't have italic or underline functions in comments? Please say yes.)

  3. Okay - my first thought came from the movie Tombstone where Doc Holliday is explaining Wyatt Earp's reason for going after the men who killed his brother. "Make no mistake it's not revenge he's after, it's a reckoning." (Sorry for using this analogy, but I love that movie.) I agree with Debbie - reckoning is keeping a tally - adding up the sum, a settlement. Revenge is payback.

    Using that terminology in the movie Wyatt was settling the score, so to speak.

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks, as always, for your visit and kind comments on my blog.

  4. Hi Sharon -

    To me it brings to mind, "the day of reckoning as performed by our Lord."

    Beyond that...not sure relative to more...

  5. I don't know if you're short, but I do know you're sweet.

    No I don't think revenge and reckoning are the same at all - probably opposite.


  6. reckoning....this is interesting, I haven't really thought much about reckoning, but I'm thinking accountability, taking care of things, not really sure, I'm going to have to think about this some more. But I do agree with Sandie, I don't think revenge and reckoning are the same thing.

    wow, this is a good one Sharon! I'm stumped and speechless and that doesn't happen often (speechless that is :)


  7. Glowin Girl - Settling accounts - those who believe will have their debts paid! That's the kind of account "balance" I am so grateful to have!

    Debbie - First of all, YES!! (That's in italics, underlined...and in BOLD - where's BOLD? I LOVE my BOLD!!) A tallying, being weighed. Liked those words. Fortunately, if you throw the cross on that old scale, things come out all right! (Reckon I'll raise your Gone with the Wind 'cuz I'm fixin' to email you tomorrow...)

    Joan - "Whatever do you mean?" (THAT is a quote from Tombstone, too!) You have picked one of my FAVORITE movies! Actually, that was what I was thinking about when I picked this word for today. I like what you said - reckoning is a settlement, revenge is payback. Yeah, that sounds right...

    Sandra - I would have to say that you've got it right! There is no one able to perform a reckoning other than God. He is the only one who has a holy standard by which all men will be judged. His perfect justice is the only thing that will stand.

    Sandie - Not sure about the sweet (at least I am MOST of the time) - but I AM short (5'4")!! I think they're opposite. Reckoning seems to be something that works from a sense of justice - revenge seems to come from a sense of anger and hatred. Maybe?

    Betty - Oooo...I'm so glad when I can get our brain cells working! Accountability - that's a good word. That definitely works into the concept, I think. As far as the speechless thing - good thing or bad thing?! :)

    I really enjoy Fridays - I have such SMART friends!! Thanks for thinking, and thanks for adding your comments. I really enjoy expanding my thoughts as I read yours!!


  8. Hi,
    I'm new on your blog.

    I did read around a bit, and loved being here.

    Reckoning, for me, means, "to even up the score in the end." Things are not gonna remain as they are. There is a day of reckoning, when the score will be evened out.

    This is one word that says a lot.


  9. Lidj - Welcome! I am so glad that you stopped by! You know, I love what you said: "Things are not gonna remain as they are." Isn't that the most wonderful TRUTH? It inspires me. There is a day coming when God will "even up the score." And praise be, because of His grace, I will be ushered into His presence forever!! Thanks for your insights!

    (p.s. I'm going to go visit your blog a little later today - hope to see you again!)

  10. Hi Sharon -

    Thank you for your kind loving words on my topic...I responded to what you stated...

    Sidebar: I have a new photo blog address effective today. The blog is called, "PHOTO SPLENDOR PLUS" at

    Please visit- in particular, you may enjoy the Native American Museum photos. (not sure why I believe that...)

    Love, Sandra (I changed my profile photo)

  11. Sandra - I will check out your new blog. You are so right - I am going to LOVE the Native American photos. My whole house is Old West/Native American themed in its decor (how did you know that?! :)



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