My English composition professor smugly sat at the front of the classroom, spitting out clichés, demanding that we clean up our writing act by eliminating the use of them in our essays and papers.
Phrases such as:
At the end of the day…
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
It’s a zoo out there.
It ain’t rocket science.
Jesus loves you.
“Common,” he said. “Everyday. Ordinary.”
Astonished, I sat up a little straighter in my chair. Jesus loves you is not a cliché; it’s not common or ordinary, I thought. “How can he say that?
I’ve been out of college for quite sometime now. But recently there have been several things that have pointed out to me that whether I believed it then or not – I often live my life like I believe it now.
Jesus loves me is just a cliche.
Then, there’s the simple overuse of the word “love.” We use it to express our feelings for everything from Jimmy Choo shoes to Kate Spade handbags, from talking about our parents, children, and friends to talking about the latest movie. We say I love spaghetti and I love T.V. nearly in the same breath as we say we love our spouse.
But the God who is especially fond of us and his love for us is never common.
God loves us is nothing less than an extraordinary, unending, day in and day out, moment by moment love that is overwhelming and joyous.
Note to self: stop living as though Jesus loves you is common. ❤
The Lord your God is in your midst;Zephaniah 3:17, NET
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you;
he renews you by his love;
he shouts for joy over you.”