So this morning I hear a lady next to me getting into her car. As she opens the door, she either remembered something, saw something, realized she forgot something…I don’t know what happened, but I do know that she yelled at the top of her lungs, “DANG IT!!!”. Then as she was seated in her car, and as she was shutting her door, she again screams at the top of her lungs, “SON OF A BISCUIT!!!”. Haha, she actually said the word biscuit.
It totally reminded me of something that happened a couple of years ago when I was in my youth group (okay, okay, it was way, way, way more than a couple of years ago), we did a “work day” at our Senior Pastor’s house. We did some yard work, cleaning, digging, planting, etc.
I remember it like it was yesterday… (I’ve always wanted to write that in a blog post.)
I don’t remember what I actually did to hurt myself, I just remember saying, in a rather loud voice, “Ouch, dang it!”, or something to that effect.
What happened next shocked the living daylights out of me.
My pastor, Bro. Burks, walks over and first asked if I was okay, then proceeded to tell me that the next time I yell “Ouch, dang it!” instead I should actually just go ahead and yell, “Ouch, DAMN IT!”
And he actually said the word, “DAMN”!
My pastor, my senior pastor, the “man of the cloth” used a curse word, he said, “DAMN IT.”
I couldn’t believe he had just said that word.
He went on to explain that if in my mind I was actually thinking the word, damn, but only said dang so it wouldn’t sound as bad, I should have just went ahead and said the word, damn.
His point was simply this: God isn’t fooled by what we do and say outwardly, he see’s right to the core of our being and knows our every thought. We can’t hide ANYTHING from Him.
Now, I’m not suggesting we all start using curse words, but I am affirming my pastor’s point, God knows what is truly inside our heart, so if you slip and say something you maybe should not say, or if you do something you maybe should not do…don’t beat yourself up too much, God still loves you and He Always Will.