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Changing Vocabulary

Changing Vocabulary

I use the word ‘stupid’ a lot. I’ve made stupid decisions, had stupid colds, been stupid disorganized, encountered stupid drivers (and been one myself), and have commented how ‘stupid crazy’ things can be sometimes. And this past week, I realized I use the word ‘stupid’ a stupid lot.

In Proverbs 18:21 (CEV) we read: “Words can bring death or life! Talk too much, and you will eat everything you say.” That’s something to think about in the context of my (at times) careless use of ‘stupid’. For by my extensive use of the word ‘stupid’ I have been speaking into my life (according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary):

- a lack of intelligent acts and/or reason - dulled feelings or sensations - a lack of interest or purpose - feelings of vexation and exasperation (in other words, impatience and frustration)

Yeaaahhhh. Not good things to be eating, eh?

But now I’m aware of the problem. And now I can begin to change my vocabulary. Because even though the use of the word ‘stupid’ can be warranted, the frequency with which I’ve now been catching myself using it is not. I’d rather be eating things that are ‘good’ and ‘smart’ and ‘purposeful’.

 

“Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.” – Bill Meyer

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