You may remember the poem I came up with to encourage people to think about the words they use and say “Oh, sugar!” instead of using profanity or obscenities. And then when people use God’s or Jesus’ name as an exclamation or a curse, I was going to start saying “I’m so glad you brought Him up. He loves you so very much!”
I printed the poem and put it in a frame and put a pretty bowl of sugar cubes in front of it at my desk about a week before Thanksgiving. And I still have it up along with some Christmas decorations now.
A good handful of people have noticed the sign or the sugar while I was around, so I invited them to read the poem and explained why the sugar cubes. Everyone of them left with a smile, and most seemed to agree it was kind of cute.
Then today along came the perfect opportunity to try the 2nd part of my plan. I was talking one-on-one with someone and as she described a recent painful event, she was suddenly exclaiming God’s name several times.
I couldn’t hold myself back. I jumped in with, “Yes, God certainly was watching over you!” and as she continued, I went on with “Please don’t say that, God loves you so much! Please stop saying ‘God’. Don’t use His name in vain.”
So, I have broken the ice. I hope to be more courageous now and to speak up in love when people misuse His name. I want everyone to know that God is real, He loves you, and He knows who you are. 🙂
Here’s the poem again if you want to use it (I’m thinking of substituting Christmas for the word Thanksgiving now on my framed copy):
Thanksgiving is the perfect time
to give up words not sublime.
To drive those words right from your head,
try Grandma Pearson’s words instead: