I follow a lot of people on line because I need information on the technical aspects of running a website. I’ve found many good people who are helpful but who don’t necessarily share my faith. And, that’s OK. Live and let live, right?
No matter how much they know and how badly I need to learn from them, they can cause me to unsubscribe or unfollow in a flash with one simple word.
Most people consider it to be in poor taste to use profanity in a business setting.
Last week, I followed a link in an email I received from a certain seemingly well-respected and highly popular on-line business woman (so popular that she was on Oprah years ago).
The email link was a video. Well into the video, choice words rolled off this woman’s tongue as she laughed – as if it were no big deal. After many attempts to entice me to follow her and purchase her on-line products, she lost me with two little words.
I didn’t want to hear any more. I simply clicked to unsubscribe.
(That was the third time that’s happened this month.)
What we say matters. As a woman of faith, my words are filtered through what God expects of me – and are a reflection of what’s in my heart. We need to consider what kind of heart we want to reflect.
Am I saying I never mess up? Nope. But, it’s my goal to have disciplined, honoring, and encouraging speech. We can only accomplish it with the Lord’s help and in His strength.
Does hearing profanity have an effect on our words? Definitely! It’s harder to not have potty-mouth while those same words are being fed into our brains – and through many sources in our environment. Do you get discouraged in this up-hill battle?
As Christians, we need to limit who and what has access to our brains.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
TV is another source to manage. Let me back up a little to clarify. You can’t avoid profanity totally if you watch TV. At. All. How many of us are willing to give up watching television altogether? HH and I certainly aren’t ready to do that. But, we try to make wise choices.
We look for shows with very little to no profanity. Hard to find! That’s Why We Cut the Cord. We are still enjoying streaming only the shows we want to watch on Netflix and through Amazon Prime, and we haven’t hit the bottom of the barrel yet. When we begin watching a program and the profanity starts flying, we get discouraged all over again. Then, we take advantage of the option to…
It’s simple, really.