come with a lot of handy features, like spelling
and grammar checkers. These programmed helps
are great, but unfortunately they are not designed
to detect the subtleties of the English language.
They can miss things, words that aren't misspelled
but aren't used properly, like their and there,
for instance. Grammar checkers sometimes tell
you to change things that are accurate, or add
unnecessary words or punctuation. The programs
aren't always right, but they can sometimes
make interesting changes.
if the program is set to function automatically,
the changes made can be down right startling.
My husband was using our home computer one day.
He typed a capital 'M' and hit the period. My
name instantly popped up. He tried again and
the same thing happened. He wondered if someone
was trying to tell him something. He didn't
know I had programmed the computer to do that,
to avoid having to repeatedly type my name at
the top of manuscripts and letters.
computer startled me the other day in a similar
way. I was working on an article and typed a
fairly straightforward sentence, in the first
person plural. The computer did not like the
sentence. It told me to change the plural to
the singular, the corporate to the individual.
It wanted me to replace "we" with
that small pronoun in that sentence, in black
and white, made me stop. In fact, it almost
took my breath away. Suddenly the scenario was
personal and I heard that still small voice
whispering, "What about you? Are you including
yourself in that equation?"
often made things personal. He did not allow
his disciples to judge others nor elevate themselves
above the crowd. He often turned to them and
said, "What about you?" He warned
them that they were to realize they were no
better than other men; all are capable of the
the book of Luke, chapter 18, Jesus tells the
story of two men who went to pray in the synagogue.
The prayer of one man, a religious leader, was
all about himself - how righteous he was compared
to others, how thankful he was that he was better
than other men. The other man, a despised tax
collector, prayed for mercy because he recognized
his sin. Jesus said, "I tell you that this
man, rather than the other, went home justified
before God. For everyone who exalts himself
will be humbled and he who humbles himself will
be exalted." (v.14).
easy to use those other pronouns, the corporate
"we," or the more condemning, "you."
It is much more advisable, however, to use that
troublesome pronoun, "I" as often
a possible. Jesus wants us to see ourselves
for who we are because forgiveness and salvation
are personal matters. "We" may be
forgiven, but "I" must receive that
forgiveness for myself. "We" may be
Christians, but "I" must know Jesus
died for me.
it personal. Jesus did.
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