Before we all had broadband internet and we used dial-up, getting your TCP settings correct was always fun/annoying but was TCP your Transmission Control Protocol or was it a liquid antiseptic for putting on those scrapes, cuts and grazes?
How many of us ever scrawled SWALK on the back of a valentine card envelope before sticking on the stamp and sending it off? Nowadays, these abbreviations and TLAs (Three Letter Abbreviations) are everywhere.
Perhaps the increasing presence of mobile phones and the urge to make everything fit on a small screen is to blame for their common, everyday usage? We’re even using them as we speak now. When you part company with a friend, do you say “TTFN” or “TTYL” (TaTa For Now/Talk To You Later)? When did you last ROFL or LSHMSFOAIDMT (Rolling On the Floor Laughing/Laugh So Hard My Sombrero Fell Off And I Dropped My Taco)?
Well, maybe not the last one...
As a Christian Believer, I struggle with WWJD and FROG (What Would Jesus Do?/Fully Rely On God). Years ago, I found it irritating seeing my friends with rubber wrist-bands proclaiming these things. I didn’t really care what Jesus would do. Life now is so different and I constantly find myself thinking WWJD as I try to FROG.
I don’t think I’m much good at it, but I’m much more comfortable with my thinking than I used to be. I even have two rubber wrist-bands to keep me reminded of what I’m trying to do with my life. I don’t wear them though, or people might know I’m a SICK PRAT (Serve In Christ’s Kingdom/Pray Regularly About Things).
As I live my life, I try to remind myself I’m SICK and that when I’m faced with difficulties, large or small, I must realise I’m a PRAT.
Please ask yourself WWJD? Then try and think, WWYD (What Would You Do?). Do you get the same answer?
Montrose Baptist Church