In Vain…

[img align=left]http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i234/halos_glow/Blog/ten_commandments.jpg[/img]One thing that really bothers me is when I hear the name of MY Lord used in vain!

This afternoon, I was at the checkout of a craft store, and the cashier exclaimed “Good L***!”

I just smiled really sweet and said, “Yes, He is so good!

I can’t think of any store that would allow its cashiers to say any ‘four letter’ word but it is perfectly acceptable to take the Lord’s name in vain.

It really saddens my heart when I hear Christians take the name of the Lord in vain. I must admit that for a long time, I did it without even realizing it.

So many phrases just seem to be ingrained in our culture that we say them and don’t realize it. Some of them are: “Oh my G**!” – this is often said in surprise or shock. I have also heard “Oh J****” quite often – normally when something goes wrong (and this said in a way that it is not crying out in prayer).

I think one reason that it is so acceptable to take the Lord’s name in vain is that we are so exposed to it through television and movies. When we expose ourselves to this type of speech on a regular basis, we are more prone to use this type of speech ourselves.

Once I realized that this was a problem in my life, I had to look for ways to eradicate it. I started being very mindful of the things I exposed myself to.

If I was interested in watching a movie, I would check out [url=www.pluggedinonline.com]www.pluggedinonline.com[/url]. If I saw that that the movie dishonored the name of the Lord, then I would know that I had no business seeing it. If I were watching a movie that I owned, and I heard the Lord’s name taken in vain, I would immediately remove the movie and put it where it belonged – in the garbage (I would NOT give these away because I feel like if it is not fit for my ears, then I have no business exposing someone else to such rubbish).

I know that I can’t control everything that I hear – like that cashier I encountered today – but I must be mindful of those things that I can control.

Also, on a side note, Chloe really took notice of this little incidence. It really reminded me that my kids are watching (and listening) to everything that goes on. It really made a positive impact on Chloe that I spoke up for the name of Christ. It showed her that we can speak in love but still speak out for Truth.

Blessings,
Dana

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2 thoughts on “In Vain…

  1. We had our family pictures done this morning but I really didn’t like it. I did, however, like this one of the kids, so that is the one we ordered.

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