For those of us from the old school of learning who still appropriate the use of formal and informal English especially in written communication my title may seem like gibberish. However, for those of us who have mastered the new chic use of text lingo then my title is right on point with communication in the 21st century. If we can get past my inappropriate use of informal language in a formal article I would like to use my title as a means of illustrating an important lesson we learn from such swift communication.
One Spiritual lesson texting does teach us is the importance of valuing our time and resources because the brevity of words was adopted as a means of convenience in communication. The focus in texting is getting your point across in a short period of time using as few words as possible. I find that the more we talk, the more we tend to put our foot in our mouths. Scripture teaches us to let our yes be yes and our no be no, anything more is of the evil one. (James 5:12) We also see that we will be judged for every idle word that we speak, that alone makes it wise to keep it short, simple, and most importantly accurate. (Matt. 12:36)
If we would apply the standard rules of English to texting, important communication would lose its relevance because one of the benefits of texting is the transfer of communication in a fast and efficient manner. Applying the rules of English in writing would cause your vitally important time sensitive communication to become a shelf fixture that would require scrutinizing and inventory checking that would become useless to a person who is in need of knowing now that their house is on fire. Having this information days later after undergoing re-edits would only cause the individual needing to know their house is on fire further damage to their structure.
Scripture teach us that “knowledge has increased”. (Dan. 12;4) in the technological age we live in where information transfers between people and places at the speed of light no one can argue the fulfillment of this scripture. The bible gives a perfect example to illustrate my point. ”No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” (Mat 9:16-17)
As many of us scrutinize the use of language today much as our parents and grandparents probably scrutinized the use of language of the preceding generation we fail to see the very important picture Yah is painting for us. While we have the same amount of time in our day going all the way back to day one when time was invented there is an urgency because as knowledge increases so does wickedness. We have to redeem the time because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:16) While I appreciate the importance of perfecting our communication so that we don’t give place to the enemy we can’t afford to not warn people they are heading into a burning building just because we missed a few dotted I’s or used a comma where a semi colon would have been more efficient. We don’t have years to reach a person who will face their Creator tomorrow. There is an urgency in the Spirit realm because we are in the Day of the Lord and as a result transfer of communication along with the way we communicate mimics’ the time we are living in. We have today, and Yah can use us even in our imperfections to make a lasting difference towards tomorrow, if we are willing to be used.
What will you do with your dash? All of us have a birth date and the majority of us will have a death date. Please believe Satan wants to decrease the dash in your life as much as he possibly can. He will use anything to keep you unprofitable for the kingdom of Yah. For that reason it is essential that you live on purpose. Those who aren’t living on purpose aren’t living at all, just merely existing.