Here are some thoughts to think about. People mouth clichés all the time. They use it even without thinking.
Today I will challenge you to think through what you say. So listen to this carefully.
- When something is “new and improved,” which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it.
- When people say, “Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too.” What good is a cake you can’t eat? Should I eat someone else’s cake instead?
- When people say, “It’s always in the last place you look.” Of course it is. Why would you keep looking after you’ve found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they?
- When people say, while watching a movie, “Did you see that?” No, I paid P120.00 to come to the theatre and stare at my popcorn. What did you come here for?
- People who ask, “Can I ask you a question?” Didn’t really give me a choice, did they?
- Experience is the best teacher. Not really. As a country we’ve had a lot of experiences before but why do we never learn? Only evaluated experience is the best teacher.
- Practice makes perfect. I don’t think so. Just ask a golfer with a faulty swing. Practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent.
Consider the following oxymoron and think through it.
Act naturally – How could you do that? Act and then be natural? Now think through the following words:
- Found missing
- Resident alien
- Advanced BASIC
- Genuine imitation
- Modern Antique
- Safe sex
- Airline food
- Good grief
- Same difference
- Almost exactly
- Government organization – were they ever organized in the first place?
- Sanitary landfill
- Alone together
- Legally drunk
- Silent scream
- Living dead
- Small crowd
Some times we speak words that were never well thought through. And many times we do things without thinking through it either. This story will illustrate what I mean.
A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him. She says hello. He’s rather taken aback because he can’t place where he knows her from. So he says, “Do you know me?” To which she replies, “I think you’re the father of one of my kids.”
Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, “My God, are you the stripper from my bachelor party I slept with while my buddies and I were stoned crazy and getting drunk?”
She looks into his eyes and says calmly, “No, I’m your son’s teacher ..”
Oh-oh. Somehow your past will come to haunt you.
Maybe because you never thought through what you did.
Here’s the key.
We’ve done some pretty stupid things in our life and this is the honest truth. We’ve said some stupid things we were not supposed to say. Things we said and things we did that we are not proud of today. These things may come to haunt us today.
Deal with it. Ask forgiveness, make restitution and then move on. No one can live victorious lives if they are anchored on the past.
Everyday offers a brand new start. God is the God of second chances and this is why I love the part of Scriptures that says “His mercies are new every morning because great is His faithfulness.”
Don’t live in the past… you have already been there. Don’t just move forward. Move upward!