The Promise

I awoke this a.m. and found it hard to get going. The sun helped. My warm bath soothed. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to begin a new day with the right attitude.

I flipped through some old songs and found a worship chorus I wrote back in two thousand and four. It made me think of my Grandmother who told me, “the best time to be thankful is when you don’t feel like it.”

“And how do you do that” I asked her.

“Choose an attitude of praise” she replied.

So I took the song “I Will Hold to Your Promise”, and went down memory lane, out loud, at the piano.

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I confess with my mouth

I believe with my heart now

I accept your gift of love

take my sin to the west

throw it over your shoulder

cover me and lift me up

I will hold to the promise

I will see you one day

I will hold to the promise you have made,

my Lord

I will hold to the promise

I will see you one day

I will hold to the promise you have made

“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

“Promise” is a beautiful word. God has promised to forgive of us of our sins, to be in relationship with us, and to return for us one day.

Suggested reading 2nd Peter, chapter 3 – The Day of the Lord.

How we Speak, Reflects Who We Are

How do the words we use on a day to day basis reflect on our intellect, and our reputation, and do we care?

My daughter and I were talking about the problem of vulgar language in our world today, and she brought up an interesting point. The classic movie “Gone With The Wind” released in 1939 is famous for a specific line Rhett Butler wields at Scarlett. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”. At the time “damn” was an unusually shocking word to hear in America.

Oh my how we’ve digressed.

Many may argue that the word “damn” has evolved and doesn’t necessarily mean what it use to.

Take the “F” word epidemic we are facing today. Check out the articles I found online with regards to this issue.

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/flint/index.ssf/2011/08/from_the_comments_is_the_f-wor.html

Hollywood’s Language Problem

Let us do ourselves a favour, and actually think about what we say, and why we say it, and whether it is adding or subtracting to our lives, and the lives of those aroundhonest and powerful us.

I refuse to accept cussing as my cultural norm, and believe that my writing and speech can be both honest, and powerful without including vulgarity.

Most importantly, as a believer I know that what comes out of my mouth, reveals what is inside my heart (Matthew 15:18).

What comes out of my mouth reveals who I am.