While I catch some rest and relaxation – and a few flights, I’ve enjoyed reading for pleasure, parlor games with the family and working crossword puzzles. Such delight!
This all brings to mind Catching Phrases from April 5, 2016:
I’ve been reflecting upon pop language, or catch phrases.
Common catch phrases today:
- Baby daddy/baby mommy (single parents)
- Bae (before anyone else/anything else)
- FOMO (fear of missing out)
- Troll (the updated, viral version of the essential stalker)
- #hashtag (anyone not familiar… never mind)
- Lit (very intoxicated – so, not that much has changed)
This led me to examine what’s changed over the years. I have certainly changed distinctly. For example, I grew up with such phrases as:
- “Easy come, easy go” (not necessarily good),
- “Do as I say, not as I do”
- “Trust and obey”
And a little later on:
- Make love not war
- Flower Power
- God is dead
- Busted (You got some ‘splaining to do*)
- Up in Smoke (original plan diverted)
- “This tape will self-destruct in five seconds”** (something to be kept secret)
- “Book’em, Dan-O” *** (coolest phrase ever – to be interjected whenever possible)
- Blowing smoke… (into a body orifice or loose clothing – usage requires a degree of discretion)
Wholly thanks to God, I continued to grow in body, mind and spirit.
Along with three new generations of humans I learned the world has more dimension than the perspectives of our early years.
For instance, what I once considered absolute truth was not necessarily factual. Over the years my interests in history and global current events turned to politics. Later I shouted less, listened more and then saw the world more clearly.
I began to recognize the collation between God and Natural Science. I began to experience true peace. That trend became my normal.
From my present perspective, aside from the draft lottery and cyber space, not that much has actually changed. People continue to be misled, confused and angry. Decades later the scars veterans bear from warfare are ever present – PTSD among other wounded warrior’s statistics steadily rise.
But now I have a new favorite expression (from Bob Goff):
“… how could God think of me as His beloved? But then I remember Jesus said to one of the guys with Him that he was a rock even though He knew this same guy would deny ever knowing Him. I don’t think Jesus was blowing sunshine at Peter when He did that. Instead, I think He was calling something out from inside Peter.” ~
Blowing sunshine. I love that!
God continues to be very alive, present and quite visible to those who seek Him. And He reminds me of His promises with each new sunrise.
However cleverly worded, I simply don’t have time anymore for egocentric banality, blowing smoke. With genuine hope for tomorrow now, I can focus upon truth and blow vibrant, altruistic sunshine.
Sure the world seems to be in a horrible mess. I can either obsess over the mess or I can walk in sunshine and trust that it’s all good indeed.
“…Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!“ Joshua 23:14 (NLT)
Contemporary Pop Terms courtesy The Odyssey Online.com If they don’t fit, talk to Odyssey
~ Taken from Love Does by Bob Goff: Copyright © 2012 by Bob Goff. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. http://www.thomasnelson.com.
*I Love Lucy Television Series 1951 – 1957, “Ricky” Desi Arnaz to “Lucy” Lucille Ball
**Originally from Mission: Impossible, Television Series circa 1966
*** Hawaii Five-0 Television Series from 1968 – Updated version in 2010 (advanced photography, but not quite as cool)
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