I’m big on words. After all, words have power.
I’ve noticed the persistent presence of certain words and phrases, along with their frequent misuse. Always ready to help—here is Words Like Honey’s version of an urban dictionary to clarify some of today’s jargon.
1. Fake news. Truth is clouded by opinions. My opinions change—for instance, I’m currently over here debating my true feelings concerning denim on denim (C’mon…Does it really work?). Real news is that which is relevant and factual. The best example of Real News: We can never go too far or sin too much that Jesus Christ won’t be our saving grace (Romans 1:16).
2. Woman-Power. Women are strong—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I am blessed to have many examples of strong women in my life. They draw courage from prayer, fasting, Bible study, fellowship with believers, and service to others. Folks…Jesus is their strength!
There’s strength in numbers… (see Matthew 18:20). May we gather and march to the beat of grace for human dignity and human sanctity.
3. Entitled Generation. There are a lot of negative connotations pertaining to my generation. I can’t say that I think we deserve to be renamed as of yet…I also refuse to lose faith in anyone. But here is something we all are entitled to: love. Let me also clarify: not the kind of “love” that the world tries to sell—the empty mornings/empty pocketbooks/empty soul kind of “love.” No, dear ones, you are more valuable than that. You are entitled to a relationship with the one who knows every beating desire of your heart (Proverbs 16:1-3). Which brings me to my next buzzword…
4. Love. I thought I knew love when I first tasted coffee. Kidding (ok, kinda), but really: I thought I knew what love was when I married my husband. I thought I knew more love with the birth of each of my children. In my better moments as a Christian, I feel like I understand the sacrificial love that is Jesus. The truth is, I’ll never fully comprehend how much Christ loves every one of us until I’m with Him in Heaven. Here’s what I know about love: there is an endless supply to be given. The more you give, the more you have to give. There is never a moment in our lives when we aren’t the receiver of God’s love. And we are able to love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
5. Intentional. I’ve heard so much lately about living “intentionally.” May we not waste time floating through our days aimlessly, but rather giving our days and everything in them (our diets, workouts, meditations, etc.) purpose. Most importantly, let us live intentionally for our Creator by fulfilling our calling: to love and worship Him.
May we serve our neighbor; may we honor our Father; may we breathe in prayer.
- For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16 (NLT)
- “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:20 (NASB)
- The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:1-3 (ESV)
- We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NIV)