Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Text Message Language

It's not easy to keep up with the shorthand that accompanies today's fast-paced, youth-oriented electronic communication. In IM-speak (Instant Message talk) or text-message language;

"laughing out loud" = "lol"
"by the way" = "btw"
"got to go" = "g2g"
"hugs and kisses" = "xoxo"
"oh my god" = "omg"

(and this one that i don't like...)
"oh my 'freaking' god" = "omfg"

The last two phrase seems to be on the lips of many as an expressions. But we need to realize, we have to honor God by not flippantly using His holy name. Hold it before you utter it, and remind yourself, God don't deserve His name to be used that way.

While Jesus was on earth, He taught His disciple on how to pray. "Our Father, hallowed be Your name." (Matthew 6:9) Obviously, God's name itself is special. It encompasses His nature. He is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe

In every way possible, we should honor and protect God's holy name, preserving its use for those occasions when we are speaking for His glory. Let's be careful never to turn the holy name of our awesome and and mighty God into another flippant phrase on our lips, not even in a text messages.

"You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God," Exodus 20:7

More text message language, click here.

14 comments:

vhing said...

these are all true,nice post.
hello...thank you 4 visiting my page always,appreciated!RE:answer comment- not yet but i'm always with them where ever they go and for all occasions they're celebrating.happy always being there in JIL group(natanya).

Sidney said...

Modern times... but I don't think people think about the deep meaning they are writing.

the donG said...

thanks grace. this is one good awareness post.

Nancy said...

thanks for the visit Grace..i like it here too...

you made a great point there, sis...nice post! i'm really not fond with today's shorthand languages. I've been using the internet for a long time now but then there are still lots of shortened languages that i am not aware of. I don't know, i just find it awkward!

Aldhis said...

Definitely agree with your post!
Sometime I feel people create short version of the message to hidden their meaning.
Instead of saying 'Oh my god', they use 'omg' and feel it's not wrong because I didn't say the 'god' word.
I think this really is a misleading understanding.
Your words came from your heart, no matter how you change your word, it's not right to misuse God's name.

Ebb Tide said...

Thanks for your visit. I agree w/ you that we should respect God's name in our communication w/ others.

Jeanine said...

My nine-year old son and I were just talking about this in the car on the way to school this morning. We all need to start taking responsibility for our actions AND our words and own up when we act and speak inappropriately...especially when using God's name in vain. Thanks for a good reminder. Even in "texting" it's wrong.

Denise said...

Amen dear one, bless you. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments.

MAMACRAFTY said...

Grace! Where did you go?? Did you get to go back home for a visit??

Sis. Julie said...

Hi!! I appreciate you coming by my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I see that you follow Jessica's Journal blog. Did you know that is my daughter-in-law? I'll come back again and keep up with you. Have a great day!!

Kristi said...

Hi Grace! Thank you for your comments at Thimble Thoughts. Yes, my mom is doing very good. Thank you for asking about her.

Our Pastor visits the Philippines every couple of years and LOVES the people there. My sister-in-law is also from the Philippines. So that's neat that I would get to "meet" you.

~Kristi

Valerie said...

Hi Grace! Thank you for saying hello in my chat box! I like your blog, too! Yes, you can join the give-away, just click on the link and follow the instructions on Kristy's blog. She would be thrilled for you to enter!

WHITEShadow said...

There are many people that uses God's name as an immediate expression when they are excited, scared or just for fun which to me is not being reverent to our Maker. I believe that we should reserve His name only in our prayers and spiritual discussion and not to take it lightly for fun and part of the jokes.

Thanks for visiting my blog again.

Josh Lee said...

interesting you mention misusing the name of God. some of the first Jews wouldn't even say the name Yahweh because they felt they didn't deserve to even say God's name. a little bit of info! cool post!