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Awesome July 13, 2011

Filed under: CS Lewis,Exodus,God,Quotes,Tongue — switchgirls @ 2:39 pm

awe·some

–adjective
1. inspiring awe: an awesome sight
2. showing or characterized by awe
3. Slang . very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome.
How many times a day do you use that word? And what are you usually describing when you say it? Really good food? A new movie or song? A car, a book, a joke? We drop the word “awesome” for just about anything that we like for that moment. Anything that even slightly impresses us. But that’s not what this word was intended for.
C.S. Lewis once said, “Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” The same could be said for the word “awesome.” If we use “awesome” to describe things that are really very normal, then what will we use to describe something truly awe-inspiring?
The dictionary defines “awe” as the power to inspire fear or reverence. With this in mind, can you really say that your new phone is awesome? The Bible describes only One as awesome:
  Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?
  Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
  awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
  (Exodus 15:11)
We cheapen our words when we use them too liberally. Some words are meant to be used sparingly because they refer to things that are special. Take some time this week to examine what you say and, in the words of C.S. Lewis, “[d]on’t use words too big for the subject.”

 

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