Some things just don’t go together. They don’t make sense. I came across these funny terms that really shouldn’t make sense, but we use them anyway:
- Found Missing
- Same Difference
- Threadless Screws
- Jumbo Shrimp
- Stand Down
- Self-Help Group
- Silent Alarm
- Microsoft Works
- Plastic Glasses
- Tragic Comedy
- Exact Estimate
Here are some phrases that really don’t go together…
- I cannot tolerate intolerance
- I am sorry but I never apologize
- Cheap is more expensive
- 12oz Pound Cake
- Click the start button, and shut down (for you Microsoft users)
- Alone in a crowd
- Always remember you’re unique…just like everyone else
Truly there are some things that are oxymorons, they completely contradict themselves. Nothing is more contradictory though than a grumpy Christian. I am not sure there could be a more conflicting idea. As followers of Christ, we have eternal hope because of Jesus. We have unconditional love from the Creator of the Universe, that’s something that overrides any earthly struggle.
1 Peter 1:3-6 (NIV)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
John 10:10 (NKJV)
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus said that He came to bring us life, but not just life, life more abundantly. There is a big difference between life and abundant life. Life is simply surviving, where as abundant life is thriving. So what side of the comma do you live from? Do you live on the left side of the comma and just have life? Or do you live on the right side of the comma and have abundant life? Hellen Keller said, “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Living successfully is a choice you make and that choice will determine how far you’ll go. It takes 72 muscles to frown and only 23 to smile. So always remember, you exert more energy to be upset than you do to be happy.