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The Plural of You is Y’all

A friend posted that on their facebook status a couple of days ago.

The plural of you is y’all.

It happened that the father was working with the daughter on some homework and he asked her what the plural of you was and she answered, “y’all”.

They are from Texas so that answer is perfectly acceptable, especially coming from an 8 year old girl.

Kids are known for saying the darndest things, aren’t they?  I mean, when they get excited, you just can’t shut them down.  Give a 5 year old a new puppy and they will tell every stranger in the county about how wet the puppy’s nose is and how bad it smells when it goes doo-doo.

puppy

If you have kids, you know what I am talking about.  That enthusiasm is infectious, precious, and sometimes, embarrassing.

I was reading Psalm 145 this week and two verses in there just leapt off the page:

They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. ~ Verse 7

Hmm.. eagerly utter, you say.  Warren Wiersbe says that utter here means to bubble up.  Is that how we Christians are viewed?  Do people see us as bubbling over about the memories of abundant goodness?  When is the last time you or I joyfully shouted about His righteousness?

Maybe we haven’t focused enough on how precious and infectious that type of joy can be and have instead focused on the fear of being embarrassed or being an embarrassment.

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. ~ Verse 18

Maybe that same 5 year old child who has the new puppy starts telling strangers how his puppy was air dropped by a stork and fell down the chimney and that is why it has a brown spot on the tip of its tail.  A child’s exuberance can become fanciful and exaggerated – maybe we worry that our own bubblings will appear to be fanciful and exaggerated.

Or maybe the truth seems too harsh in certain situations.  Or maybe its easier to ‘dumb it down’ so that it sounds better coming off the lips.

I don’t know about y’all but it seemed God had something to say to me in these passages.

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  1. May 15, 2009 at 12:36 am

    My husband recently had a non-cancerous (praise God) growth removed in a place that is typically covered in public.

    After the procedure, my 7 year old daughter comes in and says, “So, how’s your butt, Dad!?”

  2. May 15, 2009 at 6:19 am

    PLEASE don’t start the Y’all – All Y’all thing off again.

    Mandy and Tam had a series of videos on that subject about 18 months ago.

    We don’t need to go there, girlfrien’ 🙄

    ‘Maybe we haven’t focused enough on how precious and infectious that type of joy can be and have instead focused on the fear of being embarrassed or being an embarrassment.’

    Nailed it!!!

    ‘Or maybe the truth seems too harsh in certain situations. Or maybe its easier to ‘dumb it down’ so that it sounds better coming off the lips.’

    or maybe even we are a little dumber than we like to believe and have not quite ‘got’ it the way He meant it to be just yet?

    i’d say there is a vast amount more than just those two verses that are ‘speaking to us all’ – we are just failing to take it ALL ‘in’… mostly because we have not dared to empty all the crud out first.

    Even when we know we have thrown out a hunk of Junk, there still remains much clearing and cleaning still to be done – Some can fall into the trap of believing the hard work has already been done – or worse still – done for us without us lifting a ‘finger’ and so have little to no need to ‘clean/destroy the temple’.

    <B

  3. May 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for your kind words on my blog. It did make his day! Also wanted to say I really enjoyed the post with dancing with your daughter. Last year I did a video of my daughter and husband to the “Cinderella” song by Steven Curtis Chapman. Awesome song for dads and daughters!

    Blessings!
    April Lyon

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