This past week has been a bit wild for me so there has been little to no time to write…boo. I was just going to let it go until Monday, then my little Belly-boo decided to provide me with material for a weekend post.
My Mom was in yesterday and we were out running errands together, just the three of us. Miss B. was quite full of herself, barking her orders from the backseat as we made our various stops.
“I want my sucker now!”
“Let’s go to the store first!”
And here comes the big one:
“Where’s my freakin’ egg?”
I BEG YOUR PARDON!!!! “Bella Grace, don’t you say that! Who told you that word?!”
Cute as can be, she pointed at herself.
Obviously, I know she had to have heard it somewhere and as Mom and I were hashing out it, we had the painful realization that it has crossed the lips of nearly everyone in our home. Ouch, ouch, ouch.
Typically, the context in which it’s been used has been more of a light-hearted tone, “Are you freakin’ kidding me, that’s hilarious!!” You get the jist.
But the sound of that word coming from my sweet girl’s mouth sounded so foul that I knew we had to start being more mindful of how we speak. Is it a swear word? I guess not but it sounded so similar to the other, detestable “f” word that it made me cringe. It made me think, what does the word actually mean anyway? The Bible warns us not to speak idle words because one day we will give an account for every single one.* Truthfully, I had been using this word occasionally and overlooking my preteens using it without having a clear understanding of what we were actually saying. Well surprise, surprise, it is defined as “a euphemism for…..” you guessed it, THE “f” word.”
I feel about as big as an ant. Epic fail, no momma of the year award waiting for me, even my babe is basically swearing.
Very quickly this morning, I looked for a Scripture for myself and to share with the fam so that we won’t be so careless with our choice of words.
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Even the descriptive words we use to express emotion, should be carefully weighed to be certain that we aren’t dishonoring the Lord in our speech while setting a not-so-shining example for the little eyes and ears that are upon us in the process. Nothing about the word in question brings encouragement to those who hear it, so I’d say it’s time we retire it’s usage.