When it comes to our speech, or in this case grammar, I am the chief of sinners as far as embarrassing mistakes are concerned. But this one beats all…
What is so frustrating about this particular mistake is that it happens far too often for my own good (meaning continually). I wish to say that if I was legitimately thinking it through, or if I was speaking the word aloud, I would never spell it/pronounce it as Lossed. Plus, when I make this mistake it is usually when I am deep in thought while writing an article or lesson. Though I really should stop making excuses for myself…it’s so off course that my spell-checker has never even gave a proper response.
When we truly look at our lives, we all know we make many mistakes. Such mistakes we could look to are sinful lifestyles, habits, decisions, etc. These topics would be well worth investigating, seeing that we have mistakes aplenty. But since we are on the subject of grammar, let’s look at a speech problem that occurs far too often in our lives. No, not necessarily cursing, crude humor, or even gossip. No, this mistake appears far more innocent. What I am referring to is the infamous and much talked about blunder seen in the following conversation:
“Person #1: Hey, *So and So*! How are you doing today?”
“Person #2: Hi there! I’m doing well. How about yourself?”
“Person #1: Just dandy. Thanks for asking!”
*goes separate ways*
Like I said, we’ve all heard lectures on this problem. We’ve even heard of verses like those found in 2 Corinthians 13 where Paul commanded and gave encouragement by saying, “11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All God’s people here send their greetings.” Does that sound like the common conversation above (stated once a week at best)? Of course it doesn’t. We know it doesn’t. We know that we are to strive to have a godly relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, full of encouragement and devotion. We also know that we are to present ourselves as lights to those who are seeking…but we still fail. Sure, we might be a little on the shy/awkward side (*raises hand*), sure we might be tired after having a busy Saturday night (making our appearance Sunday morning a real triumph), and sure we may have our group of friends…but I think we all know we are just making excuses.
As a guilty party in this discussion, here is what I propose. Sure there will be weeks we wish we had done better, and sure we won’t be perfect with this difficulty. But what if we all start small? Start this week by going out of your way at Sunday services by approaching 1 visitor, 1 member you keep telling yourself “I’ve got to talk to so-and-so”, and 1 elder/leader in your congregation. If you want to do more, knock yourself out. But since we all equally know we fail at this frustrating mistake, let us take the steps to properly resolve the matter. It is as easy as trying to get to know them a little better, asking them about their families/jobs, trying to figure out their interests and hobbies, show a sincere interest in their lives, and ultimately encourage, admonish, and uplift them. No, this technique won’t win a Nobel, nor is it even full proof, but it is a start. As long as we are continually fighting the common course, and striving to make a difference in other people’s lives, then we can feel pride in that we are doing something about that infernal mistake seen in our lives.
BTW, the word in question, if you didn’t know yet, is Lost.
P.S. Young The Giant’s two new singles (Amerika, and Something to Believe In) has me pretty excited for their new album!