>> Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It came in the mail … an envelope with the word URGENT! in red letters on the outside. Did I win the lottery? No … I hadn’t played. So just what was so very urgent? Should I rip the envelope open … in anticipation of some wonderful news that would change my life?  

No such news. I was being told my magazine subscription was about to expire … a magazine I had already decided to not renew.  

In today’s world we throw words around like … super … awesome … urgent … but they just don’t live up to the hype they proclaim. Super means very large or powerful. When is the last time you had a very large or powerful experience? How many events in your life can you truly say were awesome … which means extremely impressive or extraordinary?  

And then we get to the word urgent … that started this whole blog. I would think something that needed immediate action … which is the definition of the word urgent … would not be sent by snail mail. A few days later, when that envelope was placed in my mailbox, was it still urgent?  

There is a time and place to use words like these. When my daughter skated through a plate glass window and lay bleeding on the concrete … the word urgent applied. And those working over her body understood the urgency.  

Pastor Chuck Swindoll says the only time we should use the word awesome is to describe God. If you’ve met Him, you understand. I think the word super fits God too. But in my day to day life, as I work around the house … or go to work … I truly don’t fix awesome meals or do a super job.  

When God gets involved … well that’s a whole different story. I’ve experienced some very large and powerful changes in my life … that are extremely impressive and extraordinary. When I hit bottom, I turned to God and He took immediate action.  

He understands the meaning of the word urgent.  

“You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.” Psalms 63:1 (NIV)


Kim August 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

Great reminder to be careful with out words.

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