I’ve been thinking lately about how we use regular, everyday words to talk about spiritual things without sounding all, well, spiritual. My favorite example of this is from Michael Jr.’s comedy act. I couldn’t find a clip of the exact joke, so I’ll just butcher it the best I can. He talks about the nickname we use for the Holy Spirit, “Something”. As in, “Something told me not to do that…” Yeah, it was funny when he said it. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
Anyway, we say things like “Something” because no one wants to go around saying, “The Holy Spirit revealed to me…”. That much Christianese is just not cool. At least most of us don’t want to talk like that. There are some who, as Michael Jr. calls them, are over-saved. Wow, I mentioned him twice in one post. He should pay me or something…or sue me for ripping off his material. Maybe we’ll just call it even.
If you don’t know who Michael Jr. is, or if you just want a good laugh, check out this video on being Over-saved.
Another, much less funny, phrase we use is “rock bottom”. As they saying goes, you’ll know when you hit it. But I don’t think that gives an accurate picture of what rock bottom really is. It’s not an immovable floor that sneaks up on us. We know when we hit it, not because the impact is so sudden and harsh, but because we get to decide where it is. Each one of us gets to decide if our new low is our rock bottom, or just another branch smacking us on the way down.
That’s because the real word for rock bottom is repentance. Rock bottom is the day way choose to say we’re not going any lower. It’s the day we choose to stop, and go the other way. It’s the last hangover, the last walk of shame after a one night stand, the last hate yelled at someone we love, the last abuse, the last overdose, the last maxed out credit card, the last of ourselves. It’s the day we choose to stop doing things our way, and choose to live God’s way. Rock bottom is the day we repent. It’s the day we choose to let God pick us up out of the pit we’ve fallen in, out of the pain and fear, and replace it with love and hope.