. . . You Can Eat Your Apple Fritter
Not mentioning any names, but some person living in my house can be a little tricky when it comes to the usage of language. I may be the "wordsmith" in our house but she definitely is the "word butcher."
A while back, we were having a little discussion centering on one of my favorite topics, Apple Fritters. My motto: An Apple fritter a day makes it all worth living and two turns it into heaven.
In our discussion, I was reminding the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage that she made a promise that if I liked an Apple Fritter I could eat an Apple Fritter. I laid out my argument very clear, at least I thought so, and encouraged her to follow suit.
She then disrupted the whole discussion by insisting on evidence.
"When," she said with a very suspicious look on her face, "did I ever say if you liked your Apple Fritter you could eat your Apple Fritter?"
"Don't you remember," I said as confidently as I could possibly muster at the time, "we were at a restaurant and our discussion centered on dessert."
"I don't remember such an occasion."
I started to wiggle a little bit but I knew if I could win this argument at this point it would be a great win.
It is at times like this I wish I was a little more like a politician who can say something and it mean different things to different people at different times. Regardless of what they say at any particular time it can always be reinterpreted the way a politician wants it any particular time he needs it.
Let me point out very quickly that this is in no way lying. In fact, I am not sure what the definition of lying is anymore. Nobody lies, they are just being misinterpreted. They can get anybody to believe anything if they rearrange the truth in such a way it is no longer the truth but it is not necessarily a lie.
"Don't you remember we were talking about dessert," I said as calculatedly as possible, and you said a person should be able to like what they eat and eat what they like?
She thought for a moment and then responded, "I seem to recall a conversation along that line but I do not recollect that we were talking about Apple Fritters. The words "Apple Fritters" never came up in the conversation as I remember it."
"When I said that," she said, looking at me straight in the eye, "I did not have apple fritters on my mind. In fact, if the truth were known, I had broccoli on my mind at that moment."
Many times what I hear is not really what is being said and at times, what is being said is not exactly what I hear, especially if my wife is doing the speaking.
Only God says what He means and means what He says. I like the encouragement he gives to Joshua. "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" (Joshua 1:5 KJV).
Whatever God says He means and it never changes its meaning from one generation to the next. That is something I can really rely upon.