I love a good cliché. Many of them make me laugh. Here are a few of my favorite clichés:
- “He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow.”
- “I’m feeling as lucky as a man in a women’s prison with a fist full of pardons.”
- “I don’t like the cut of his jib” (not sure what it means, but it sounds really cool).
- “She is busier than a one-armed paper hanger.”
The problem with clichés is that most of them have been so over used that their meanings have become empty. We’ve said them so often that usually we can start the cliché and someone else can end them for us. Let me show you what I mean: How many of these can you quote the ending to?
- Close only counts in … (hand grenades and horseshoes).
- You can’t live with them and you can’t live …. (without them).
- If you’ve heard one cliché, you’ve …. (heard them all).
- If you can’t stand the heat, get out of… (the kitchen).
- When the going gets tough, the tough (go NASCAR racing) … okay, maybe not.
Parents are the masters of clichés. You have a baby, and “boom,” you become fluent with clichés.
- “When I was your age…”
- “Don’t make me stop this car.”
- “Stop that crying or I’ll really give you something to cry about.”
- “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times don’t exaggerate.”
- “Dirty room, dirty mind.” (hmm, I’ve heard John Dobb’s office is a huge mess)
The thing about clichés is they become empty and meaningless, because we think, “Yea, I’ve heard that before.” My concern is that sometimes as Christians we hear biblical phrases and words over and over until they become meaningless and empty. We say, “Yea, I’ve heard that before,” and we don’t give the words much thought. Words like…
- Grace, Faith, Mercy
Or Christian phrases like …
- “For God so loved the world…”
- “If you have been set free, you are free indeed…”
- “For you have been saved by faith through grace…”
Don’t let your Christianity become some kind of cliché ritual where you think you know all the words, phrases and answers even before they’re said. Instead, think, desire to learn and want to grow.
So, do you have any favorite clichés?