Friday, January 21, 2011

In All Honesty, I Hate This Phrase

Have you ever said "in all honesty" or "honestly" when your trying to tell someone something you would not normally say? Many people use it to try to soften the blow of a negative statement.

In fact, I have unfortunately found myself succumbing to the normalness of the world at times and have used the phrase! I did, however, quickly repent and tried never to do it again.

Now that I think about it, weird vs. normal is kind of like the Spirit vs. the flesh, respectively. Being weird is something you have to work at (like walking in the Spirit); it is not easy. Moreover, many people misunderstand weird just like the Spirit. They think the flesh is better just like they think normal is better. Well, I am here to tell you that weird is better!

Be weird and do not say this useless phrase. Why? First of all, we are to be honest 100 percent of the time according to God's Word. Saying "in all honesty" only at certain times implies that we are not honest the rest of the time—in my opinion (notice I did not say "in my humble opinion," as we are to be humble 100 percent of the time too).

You may ask, "so how do we break the bad news to people gently if we cannot use this phrase?" Well, you should say, "sorry, but I have some bad news ..." It is that simple. So the next time you have the desire to say this phrase, resist the temptation and be weird!


1 comment:

  1. It reminds me of a professor I had in college when someone would ask, "Can I ask a question." He would reply "Ask another." The unnecessary things we say that we get used to...