I’m very pleased to introduce you to our next guest blogger. It’s my brother Ben! Ben is an incredible young man, and has always been one of my favorite humans on the planet. Yes, I’m totally biased. I am excited for you to read his post! – Sarah
If you were to listen to a conversation between two people, I would bet that it wouldn’t take too long for you to hear the phrase “Oh my God!” used in some form — whether it be “Oh my God”, “Oh my gosh”, “Oh my goodness”, or just plain old “OMG”. This is one of the most frequently used phrases in our vernacular, and, in my opinion, one of the most interesting.
To further explain why this phrase interests me so, let’s examine one particular form: “Oh my goodness”. Many people use this form so that they don’t use God’s name in a negative way, in order to abide by the law God put forth in the Second Commandment. While this is admirable, I don’t think that using this form completely succeeds in keeping the Second Commandment. Sure, ‘goodness’ is not the Lord’s name. However, ‘goodness’ is God embodied in a single word. God is goodness, and goodness is God. Substituting ‘goodness’ for ‘God’ changes nothing, because there is nothing in this universe that better exemplifies ‘goodness’ than God.
Words and the way that we use them have always been interesting to me. I’ve found that most of the time, we don’t fully understand everything that we say. Sure, we know definitions and things like that, but, when we look closer, our words can mean a lot more than we think. So next time when you’re shocked or surprised by something, think about what words you use to express it. Goodness may seem worldly, but it’s actually not. It’s the perfect embodiment of our Savior in just one word.
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