WORDS MEAN SOMETHING!
By Lynn Wellumson
For a while, I was a fan of the HGTV channel. It dawned on me one day that the shoppers for new homes sounded like spoiled brats. They also used a language code of sorts. I want the open floor concept, something in every room that “pops”, etc.
I’ve noticed at times that when Jon asks me how my work day went and I reply “The rec/sep appointment was 15 minutes late which meant the start was delayed which complicated the banding.” I realize he is watching my face to see if what I am saying is a bad thing, a minor inconvenience, or a day breaker.
I’ve introduced myself to visitors to Emmanuel with “How nice to meet you, we’re so glad you came. After opening in the sanctuary, there is a class for your preschooler in the basement, your teenagers can go to class in the upper room, and Wired Word is available for the adults”. The blank stares should have been a dead giveaway that while English is our first language, the practicality of my words scored a big, fat zero.
Re-entering the secular work force after ten years of working at a Christian School was an eye-opener to the jargon I had fallen into. In the work force if you ask someone “Have you found Jesus” results often in the “I didn’t know He was lost” realm. We can corner ourselves before we even have a chance to earn the right to bring up salvation as a topic of conversation.
James 5:12 (ESV) “But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.”