The English language is always changing! Every year, new words and phrases are added to our vocabulary and old ones are dropped out. For example, in 2019, the Webster’s Dictionary added over 600 new words & phrases. Some of these were words like:
Screen time: We’re certainly getting a lot of that these days
Go-cup: That’s just a disposable cup that would hold your coffee or other drink as you take it ‘to go’ from a resturant
Detectorist: one who uses a portable metal detector as a hobby to find lost coins and artifacts and such…
Double-dipping: You’d think that one would have been the in the dictionary already, but that was new for 2019
Chai Latte: We apparently talk about those enough to warrant an entry in the dictionary.
And I would guess that most, if not all, of those terms are familiar to you – that’s why they’ve been added to the dictionary. Everybody uses those terms and phrases.
Of course, in the 2020 edition of the Webster’s Dictionary, there will be a whole new set of words to be added.
Words like: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Social Distancing, Self-isolation, Flattening the curve,
These are all terms that we’ve all come to know very well in just a very short period of time. And hopefully, these are words that will drop out of use just as quickly! I think we’re all looking forward to the time when no one needs to use the terms ‘self-isolation’ or ‘social distancing’ anymore.
But this morning, and actually for the next few weeks, I want to talk about three other words. These three words have been around pretty much forever – and according to the Bible – they will continue to be around pretty much forever.
You see, I was reading 1 Corinthians chapter 13 this week – which is often referred to as the ‘love’ chapter of the Bible. It talks about all the things that love is – love is kind, love is patient, love is not proud, love is not jealous – all those things….
But at the end of that chapter – there is short little verse that just seemed to catch my attention this week. It goes like this in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 13: