Daily Devotional, Spiritual Walk

Raising The Bar

Good morning, peeps!

Do not misuse my name. I am the LORD your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name. – Exodus 20:7

“GAAWWD!”  Do you know what Zest soap tastes like?  Misery.  It tastes like misery, folks.  Ever since I was four, I’ve been taught the sacredness of God’s name and how I shouldn’t toss it around like used tissue.  My dad did not play when it came to this.  Man!  I’ve experienced the combo of suds and belt leather too many times to even think about playing with that name as an adult.  To be honest, I didn’t have to actually say “God”: if my dad just thought we were saying something close to being disrespectful, he would be on us like a chicken on a grasshopper – swift and vicious.  I remember saying “golly” once and I got popped in the mouth.  He said “God ain’t got no ‘lee’.”

Yep.  It didn’t make sense then and it doesn’t make sense now.

One of my favorite songs right now is J.J. Hairston’s “You Deserve It”.  There is a line that frequently haunts me: “My hallelujah belongs to You”.  Now, there are no scriptures that instruct us to take care with that word nor is there one that declares ‘hallelujah’ as being the highest praise.  What you will find is that it is only used when praise is being given to God.  Word on the street is that “hallelujah” literally means “praise ye the Lord”.  Chile, please.  I use ‘hallelujah’ like cheese: for everything.  Found a great deal on a pair of Chucks?  Hallelujah!!  Made it to work on time?  “Hal-le” to the “lu-jah”!  Oh wait: saw a fine man across the room?  HUHNAAAY!!  He sho’nuff gets a ‘hallelujah’!

I could be praising God for those things, but this is me.  I’m not.  What??

I could title this blog “Watch Yo Mouth”, but that’s not what I’m getting at.  The word impressed upon my heart is “intentional”.  Take care to think about the words you are saying today.  Be intentional about your word choices, your conversation.  Let’s set a standard.  Raise the bar.  Remember yesterday’s blog about the tongue?  What words are you letting roll off of it and are they meaningful?   Just something to think about.  Have a great day.

–d.

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