Job 14:1 reads – “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Yes indeed, life on Earth is full of trouble, trials, and tragedies. Adversity is never far from any mortal, even the righteous. James writes – “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4). It’s not a matter of if, but when. Followers of Christ should expect trouble to come their way. Such has the potential to refine us and help us mature. But how? How should a child of God respond? Consider this acronym for F.A.C.I.N.G. tragedies: Continue reading
Today’s young people are using the word “literally” as an intensifier, standing the sense of the word on its head. “I was literally scared to death.” Well, literally they weren’t or they wouldn’t still be here to make such a vapid comment. It’s a space filler, and a bad one at that, for people who prefer not to put their minds to work, but whose mouths didn’t get the message. Worse, it’s an adverb, which proliferates worse than the proverbial rabbit or guppy. Writers are told that adverbs are the enemy.
I much prefer the intensifier “really.” I used it so much in college, apparently, that Don or Ron Williams (same dorm, same class) made it part of my name, since both begin with the letter r. (Speaking of whom, I saw them the for the first time since college last year at Polishing the Pulpit.) I use it considerably less today, especially since realmente has four syllables, making it harder to say. Continue reading