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Joanne Sampl

With grown step-children, college age sons and a self-employed husband, Joanne offers her time to God and to others. Her interest in writing and communications brought her back to college as an adult and through several reinventions of her own business and ministries. With time on her hands, she writes about God and life.



You Are Da Bomb To God

By Joanne Sampl

Where you get your definition needs to be from God's Book.

Dictionaries are useful tools. Words in our vocabulary come alive when they are fully understood. We all assume that Mr. Webster – or whoever wrote your version of the dictionary on your shelf – did his research and defined the words in the dictionary correctly.

So, what about the dictionaries we write in our own lives? Do we do our own research or just assume the meanings of the words said?

A few years ago, I was driving my kids’ home from school one day and asked my eldest son how a presentation went. His answer was a monotone “It was the bomb.” Taking my life dictionary from being raised in the 60’s and 70’s, I assumed he meant it was a dismal failure. I assumed that he meant it went badly and that he was very discouraged. My reaction was immediately sorrowful.

“Oh, honey, I’m so sorry to hear that.” I tried to reassure him. “I’m sure you’ll do better next time, honey.”

Both my sons looked at me like I was from another planet. We were definitely using different dictionaries.

“No, mom. It means he did good. Really good. The teacher said he was one of the best. He just didn’t want you to think he was bragging.” His younger brother became my dictionary and explained the definition of his generation to the phrase “It was the bomb.”

Then, like a real bomb, both boys exploded in laughter.

So, what does God’s dictionary say about you? What are the words in His vocabulary for you that come alive because He’s defined them so you can understand them?

Colossians 3:12 says we are God’s chosen people. Do you know what that means? Do you understand how set apart you are? You are dearly loved by the Creator of the Universe. One of the wisest pastors I ever heard once taught that if we are thinking about ourselves or someone else as anything but a precious child of God, we are wrong. So, the next time you think of yourself as a bomb, where all you see is that you’ve messed up or failed at something, remember that to God “You are the bomb!”


Copyright © July 3, 2006 – Joanne Sampl.. All rights reserved.


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