6/25/08

IM Illiterate

I had no trouble learning about abbreviations in grade school, but I sure have struggled with IM (Instant Messaging) abbreviations! Used in IM chatting and text messaging, they are like a foreign language, and I confess, IM illiterate.

My friend Gail used OTOH in a recent chat. “Say what?” I broke in. She explained, “Oh, you didn’t know that? It means ‘On The Other Hand.’” The problem is, with people like me who have a limited IM vocabulary, it takes more time to explain the abbreviation than to simply type in the phrase it represents! So Gail sent me an IM Abbreviation List, which I am slowly memorizing. I don’t know when I’ll use ADIP (Another Day In Paradise) or HTNOTH (Hit The Nail On The Head), but I’ll be ready eventually.

As my husband travels in foreign countries, we’ve used simple abbreviations in texting—phrases like “b4” and “gr8”—things you might see on a vanity car license. We sprinkle our messages with LOL (Laughing Out Loud), BTW (By The Way), and TTYL (Talk To You Later). I’m dying to try out newly-memorized abbreviations on my husband, but OTOH, do I really want to explain them when he is off in Guatemala or Russia?

I am glad that God didn’t abbreviate anything. He carefully and clearly took the time to spell out who He is and what He expects. He knew that with all of the false teachers in these latter days, I would need plain answers that square with His character and standards. My husband has often said, “God doesn’t hide His will like Easter Eggs!” God makes most of my choices plain: good or evil, truth or error. If I trust and honor Him with all my heart and don’t try to figure out everything without Him, He will show me how to make wise choices and live right (Proverbs 3:5-6). The more I know His Word, the more I will speak His language.

Maybe IM illiterate, but I don’t want to be spiritually illiterate—and that’s MTCW (My Two Cents Worth) for today!

* translation: Way to go, girlfriend! Loved your blog today. By the way, I don't know if you read my mail, but can't do lunch today. On the other hand, I'm available Friday if that works for you. Let me know. Talk to you later.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

I don't get much interactive email time on my computer, but when I do, I always try to catch up w/your blogs. I am never disappointed. Thank you again for the grounding of God's Word in your transparent and heart-felt stories.

Love ya! Glenda Gross