As some of you know one of my bestest friends in the whole wide world is Candace Cameron Bure. Some may know her best for a character that she played on Full House named DJ Tanner. About 6 or 7 years ago Candace started traveling around speaking for churches, women's groups and other Christian events. As she started traveling the events were getting bigger and she was getting merchandise to sell and needed someone to travel with her to handle that, so she asked mom and I to help her with that job! Which we of course happily accepted! And yes this is what sparked my interest to start speaking myself, but that's not what this is about.
I've heard Candace speak, ooooh I don't even think I can guess how many times, but still every time I hear it I either get goose bumps or I cry. And it's funny afterward while in the Lobby or while at the merch table hearing people talk about the event and the different things that they took away from it. It always seems to be something different from everyone. When Candace goes to one of these events she shares her testimony (and if you've never heard her you should) yet at the very end she walks you through the 10 commandments. While going through the commandments she points out how we have ALL broken all 10 commandments. Yes even you! And there is just one commandment that I think gets broken everyday by kids, teens, and adults on a daily basis that we don't even think twice about it. Or really I don't think that people view it as a sin....it's one of those "worldly" things that we do and have just conformed to and don't even realize we're doing it. I used to be guilty of committing this crime until I heard her speech and going over the commandments and then realized my sin.
Almost daily we hear the acronym OMG which stands for Oh My G*d. We think this is just a simple saying but we don't understand the damage we are doing every time we say this three word phrase. God has given us ten rules and in those it says, we can not misuse the Lords name. When we say Oh My G*d, we aren't talking to him, we aren't addressing him, we are using it in place of other words. Therefore we misuse it, it's blasphemes of us. The scary part is that the Bible in Mark 3:29 tell us "But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin" Eternal sin!!! That's scary. Our lives here on Earth are but a mere vapor compared to what eternity is. Do we really want to jeopardize our eternity over this tiny misuse of a phrase?
The awesome thing is that the Bible also tells us in 1 John 1:9 that ""If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." He will forgive us. We just have to recognize our sin, ask for forgiveness and like all other sins we have to turn our back from it. Which means no more saying Oh My G*d! Simply change the word. It's really not that hard and once you start and realize it becomes a habit.
Ever since I had the light bulb moment with this sin I have walked away from it. I've changed my word to Goodness! And even say OMGoodness I don't want people to get the wrong idea because we all know what OMG really stands for. Honestly when I hear someone say it now it honestly breaks my heart. My heart will physically hurt when I hear someone utter the words. And when that happens I feel like it's my duty as a Christian to point it out and explain that we shouldn't do that. This also holds true when someone uses Jesus' (JC) name or when someone says G-D. These are three things that you will NOT hear come out of my mouth! I don't care how mad you are, it shouldn't happen. You should have respect enough anyway for our Savior and for our Father.