Friday, July 24, 2009

I belong to an email group where, probably once a year, the topic, "Which Grammatical Errors Make Me Insane" pops up. And oh how the emails do pour in!

"I absolutely hate it when people use 'whose' when the correct form was 'who's'."

"I can't stand to read authors who use an abundance of hyphenated words."

"My skin crawls when people say things like, 'There is tons of flowers in the backyard.'"

"Spelling errors in email ruin my day. How hard is it to use spell check?"

People. People. People.

Life is too short! Why (oh why) do we make ourselves sick over this kind of tiny, inconsequential stuff? Isn't what people are saying more important than how they're saying it? Who wants to lose friendships while racing around like Grammar Police? Who wants daily stomach aches?

Well, not me. Like I said, Life is way too short for this kind of stuff. And for keeping score whether someone thanked me within the appropriate time limits or whether my friend invited me to her house as many times as I invited her to mine or whether someone sent an email for each one I sent them.

And on and on and on to infinity.

Want Life to look and feel new and amazing? Let it go. Let it all go ... and be and live free. Empty out the irritability and walls and Rules Everyone Must Follow To Please Me so there will be space for all the joy God is so longing to pour inside, instead. There isn't room for both, even though, oh... we'd like there to be sometimes.

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ's] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. (Amplified)


Lisa said...

Beautiful post!

Donetta said...

:) oh so refreshingly true

Pat said...

I love, love, love this post! Stop looking for errors, and start looking for true!

Jammie J. said...

Amen. We need to cut people a little slack. We don't know what's going on in their lives that a little compassion might be more well-suited than a judgment and word-related illness.