A Totally Different Topic – One the Big Ten

Okay, if you read this blog (which is probably just 3 people in the world), you probably think all I ever write about is nursing. That’s not entirely true. It is a passion of mine – to encourage, support, and help protect breastfeeding. But it’s not all I write about. Basically, this blog is about the subject line on the masthead – “Musings, Ramblings, and the Honest Truth from a Christian Conservative Nursing Mom Living a Blessed Life in Charleston, South Carolina”

So, that means I tend to blog about these things

  1. Christianity
  2. Politics
  3. Breastfeeding
  4. Motherhood
  5. Life in General

Not necessarily in that particular order, but those 5 topics.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and especially about something regarding Christianity. This one was inspired by my daughter Katie. It’s about one of the Big Ten (no, not the NCAA conference) – I mean the “Big Ten” as in Ten Commandments found in Exodus and Deuteronomy in the Bible.

Exodus 20:7 says that we shouldn’t take the name of the Lord God in vain/misuse His name. I’ve always taken that one seriously, and it was one that my mom especially made sure people in her presence took seriously (just ask my cousin Tim about the time he said “Oh my G-d” in front of my mom as a kid). I guess that upbringing has always made this one of the Ten Commandments extra special.

But, and as Pastor Pep at church preached not long ago, this verse doesn’t just mean the cursing aspect. There are many ways to misuse God’s name and vainly throw it around.

So, as often as I’ve thought about this verse and heard it preached, I don’t think I’ve ever really appreciated it – never thought about it in a personal way.

God commands us not to take His name in vain because He loves us. I’m sure this is just part of the reason, but allow me to explain.

I love my daughter more than life itself. The first time she said MaMa it was magical. When she is ill or hurt and cries out for me, I can tell because of the way she says “Mommy” (she’s graduated to Mommy now from Mama). When she is being sweet, I can tell because of the manner in which she says “Mommy.” The inflection in her voice tells me what she needs. It tells me if she’s happy, sad, excited, hurt, upset, loving. You can tell by the way she says “Mommy.” I’m sure any of you that are parents know exactly what I’m talking about. There are so many ways she says “Mommy” that make is special.

Also, if you are a parent, you know that toddlers and preschoolers have a habit of just abusing a word by saying it over and over and over and over and over and over (get the point?). So the other day all of us were in the car traveling back from Columbia after celebrating my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday. Out of the blue Katie just starts saying, “Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy.” I answer and ask her what she needs. But, she didn’t need anything. She just for the next few minutes repeats “mommy” over and over. And frankly, it got annoying.

And that’s when it hit me – how God must feel when His name is just thrown around. He is our Heavenly Father. He wants to hear us call to him as Abba Father and know that we are calling on Him because we’re happy, sad, excited, hurt, upset, thankful, loving. He just wants to know that we are calling to Him and not just abusing his name.

That day in the car, the commandment of not taking God’s name in vain became personal to me. When my child called to me, I wanted to respond to her and answer the call, fulfill the need, mend a wound, or show my love. But she wasn’t calling to me. She was just vainly using my name.

Imagine how much more our Heavenly Father wants to respond to His children. His love is much grander than any human could feel for their children. And when we just abuse his name, I’m sure it grieves Him immensely. And I wonder – does He get annoyed that so many of us humans so casually misuse His name? Well, I guess it wouldnt’ be annoyance on His part – more like righteous indignation. Anyway…

Just some random thoughts on one of the Big Ten. I know it doesn’t fully encompass that specific commandment and the Holiness of God’s name, but I’m sure this is an aspect to it. And I just never really thought of it in this manner. Just one of the many ways God has used motherhood to realize a spiritual truth.

2 responses to “A Totally Different Topic – One the Big Ten

  1. Mandi, you have such amazing insights. I don't think I have ever heard it explained in such a manner. This commandment is a big one for me too – probably for the same reasons as for you 🙂 My dd will not even allow her friends to say “Oh, my____” in her presence” Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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