And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Rom 5:3-6)

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A few reasons why you should not cuss

A few reasons why you should not cuss

While shopping in the Christmas season I have encountered people with heightened emotions. Distracted and aggressive drivers are causing problems on the road. Aggravated shoppers more fastidiously claim their spot in the aisle, and bristle. Many greet one another more joyously, and tune in with the music being played.

One particular fellow I encountered stood out. While shopping in Lowe’s he began a dialog with a salesman helping me. I truly believe if counted at least ten percent of his words fell into the swearing category. One in ten. Ten for every one hundred. A full six minutes of blatant expression every hour. I walked away wondering why he even cussed at all? His over use of emotive words has me pondering. Thus, I have come up with a list of reasons not to cuss.

Swearing reveals your hard heart. It says that you can be difficult to deal with.

When expressing oneself with such language, others may simply write you off as being an exaggerating pessimist.

Vulgarity offends and reveals that you have little consideration of others

It reduces your ability to express anything that truly deserves exclamation. It is akin to an e-mail in all caps.

It does not garish any sympathy for your situation nor elevate you to a position that we should awe or respect.

Cussing simply shows a lack of being able to convey the emotions you have in an educated manner.

The use of such language does not solve any problem. It may, in-fact, compound the situation. It also wastes time. People who are problem solvers will fail to ascribe a value to your opinions, thus it removes you from the group of solution oriented people.

From a God-centered point of view, it is a blasphemous decree against the sovereignty and plan of God. It fails to recognize His goodness and lacks faith to trust in Him to work good from the situation. It is an affront to His ways, purposes, and joy.

I am sure this list will promote two things.: create thoughts of reform on the subject in our own lives, or incite more cussing. Emails will surely follow, some attempting to push the envelope of toleration. But regardless, our words reveal our hearts. What do we want others seeing within us?

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