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 changed distinctly since I was that young. 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)
Later still, I adopted a new favorite that translates the point clearly today:
- Blowing smoke… (into a body orifice or loose clothing – implies a degree of deception)
Fortunately, I survived my youth, so thanks to God, I continued to grow in body, mind and spirit.
Along with three new generations of humans I learned that the world has more dimension than our perspectives of our early years.
As a more seasoned adult, I discovered what I had once considered absolute truth was not necessarily fact. New interests in history, global current events and especially politics expanded and gradually overshadowed my passion for Natural Science – and later shifted back again.
By my early 30’s I began to recognize the collation between God and Natural Science. I began to find peace, at least in the world of my mind. That trend became my normal.
From my present perspective, aside from the draft 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, having come around to seeing the beginning of my life’s circle, my newest favorite expression (from Bob Goff) struck a chord in me:
“…And 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!
One truth I now hold dear is that God has proven to be very alive, present and quite visible to those who still seek Him. And at the moments I need Him most, He reminds me of His promises with each new sunrise.
However eloquently worded, I simply don’t have time anymore for anyone blowing smoke anywhere. Especially during the current presidential campaign, with politicians and other contenders blowing the same egocentric banalities as always.
I’m glad there’s genuine hope for tomorrow. I want to focus upon truth and blow vibrant, altruistic sunshine.
Sure the world seems to be in a horrible mess. I can look at the mess or I can walk in sunshine and trust that actually, it’s all good.
“…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)
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~ Taken from Love Does by Bob Goff, Wow, What A Hit!: Copyright © 2012 by Bob Goff. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. 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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