Every year new words or new meanings for old words enter the lexicon. Some of these make it all the way into the Oxford English Dictionary. It wasn't all that long ago that you wouldn't know what I was talking about if I wrote the letters LOL. And at one time referring to an icon would bring to mind the painting of a saint.
Most of these new words and phrases are the result of the expansion of technology and the use of the internet and social networks like Facebook. Speaking of Facebook, the word "friend" has taken on a whole new meaning because of their use of the term. I would say that it has lost meaning and resulted in people who believe they have hundreds of "friends", but are more lonely than ever. But that's getting into an entirely different discussion...
Social media sights and other internet-based communication has also changed some of our understanding of the word "sharing". For many people, the term primarily refers to sending an article, joke or an electronic file to another person via an online connection. At it's worst, this kind of sharing takes the form of unwanted junk mail and chain letters.
But it's important to keep the original meaning and practice a part of our life. When we were children our parents and teachers emphasized the importance of sharing our toys with others. Those who are generous with their resources and abilities are commended. And Jesus encourages us to practice generosity with not only our friends, but also with those who haven't done anything to earn it!
This Sunday, October 13th, we'll be talking about Reckless Generosity and both the reasons why we should practice it and what it might look like. I hope you'll be able to join us!
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church