My kids love to ask questions. What kids don’t? Do you ever find yourself answering their questions with canned responses? On 5 Minutes for Faith, Mary from Refresh Moments discusses the things we say that we don’t really mean…
“What does ‘Trick or treat’ mean?” My five-year old is at the stage of asking the meaning behind cliches that most of us rattle off mindlessly.
“Well, it used to be that on Halloween people were saying, ‘Give me a treat or I’ll play a trick on you.’ It doesn’t really mean that anymore and people don’t really play tricks if someone doesn’t give them candy.”
A few days later he asked again, but he finished the story for me, “But people don’t really mean it, right?”
It made me realize how many times we say things without thinking about the real meaning behind them.
“How are you doing?” (We don’t always really want to know.)
“I’m fine.” (Even when we’re stressed/worried/sad, etc.)
“Have a nice day.” (Do we really care whether they do or not?)
Ever since the boys were born I’ve tried to be more mindful of the things I say so I’m not misleading them.
Some of the things we rattle off as flippant space fillers are actually the most important to mean:
“Call me if you need anything.”
“I’ll pray for you.”
This blog post is sponsored by Giraffe Childcare.