Diddlysquat is a wonderful word. It is not a fancy word, but it is a long, wonderful word. It is a negative word, a pejorative word. If someone doesn’t know diddlysquat about something then they really don’t know anything about it.

Another great word is thingamajig. It denotes some contraption that has a name that you can’t think of at the moment. You don’t use thingamajig to describe a pair of pliers, but rather some device that has been jerry-rigged.

Persnickety is a cool word too. It has a rather precise meaning. The IRS can be quite persnickety about things if they feel you owe them money. And your spouse can be quite persnickety when you have company coming over and you haven’t yet swept the porch.

I love the word lickety-split, which means plenty pronto. Get to it, now!!!

Those are all cool, long words. They aren’t necessarily fancy words, like fuchsia, which is a fancy word for purple. Or like chauffeur, which is a fancy word for driver. And parfait is a fancy word for ice-cream sundaes.

One Sunday in a sermon, I made note of the fact that I am a plain guy; I like chocolate ice cream and lasagna. One of the children in the church was so concerned that I am a plain guy that she went home and got her book, “Fancy Nancy,” and brought it to church for me to read.  I don’t use a lot of fancy words or long words, unless the occasion calls for me to be loquacious.

I’ve been thinking about simple words. The Gospel is kind of plain. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” is about as plain and simple as it gets. All of us have to use words in some way or another as a Christian to present the message of the Bible. However, our culture is a visual culture with TV, movies, video games, and computer screens. We don’t seem to think very highly of words in our culture.  “Talk is cheap.”  “Words, words, words.  Anybody can say that.”  “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

Words.  Preachers and churches should be careful about words.  Words are too important to be careless with them.  Paul says in Romans 10 that all people will have access to the word of God.  How?  By the speaking and hearing of a word.  Of course, Paul knew nothing about texting or movies, videos, and emails. Romans 10:9-10 reads: “If you confess with your lips Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.”  At the center of God’s plan for this world is the speaking and hearing of the word.

We should guard our words with great care.  Words, whether big or small, fancy or plain, are too powerful and meaningful for carelessness.

So, spread the word—lickety-split.

~Pastor Steve

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