I don’t think I’ll ever forget a lie I told when I was about 16 years old. It was one of those classic teenage pre-mediations crafted to manipulate my way around getting to do something that my parents never would have said, “yes” to.
I’ve heard it said before that the English language is one of the hardest ones to learn. With all of its intricacies and contradictions, I have no doubt that if English isn’t your native tongue, it is indeed a struggle to navigate and comprehend. Take homophones for one example: words that sound exactly the same but are spelled differently and do not have the same meanings. Baffling, yes?
I can’t recall ever decidedly making any specific New Year’s Resolutions in the past. I can recognize, however, that the there is something about the beginning of another calendar year which elicits a need to reflect on the events of the passing year and their effects. And by the same token, this annual occurrence also seems to stir up a need for deep consideration about how we would like the coming year to unfold, and then to resolutely decide the steps necessary to bring those desires to fruition.
When it comes to music, I am a true 80s Baby. I love anything and everything written and sung by Bono and U2. In my older age, I’ve found a greater admiration for this band beyond their beats and melodies because I can now recognize the representation of their faith throughout their music. It’s a beautiful added bonus that my young ears didn’t yet have the experience to comprehend.
I find it so interesting that Webster’s Dictionary defines a cliché as “[a phrase or expression] that has become overly familiar or commonplace” to the extent that it has lost its originality and/or effectiveness. It’s interesting because lately some of the greatest clichés to me have ceased to become soundbites or word-candy and have simply become Truths.
I believe that the Bible is full of God-breathed words spoken to and recorded by His people. It is no doubt a historical piece in one sense, a spiritual account in another, and also guidebook for living. Unfortunately I have the ability to leave God right there on those pages, back thousands of years in history. But truth is The Main Character is still alive today … breathing His words into our ears and onto our lives.