Idioms

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Language fascinates me. It’s my understanding that every language has something called idioms as part of its vocabulary. It’s an expression referring to a group of words with a figurative, non-literal meaning which can’t be understood by looking at its individual words. Here’s an example. Give someone food for thought. Now you understand you are not giving someone a hamburger to think about. It means to “think carefully about something.“Here’s another. Giving someone something to talk about  is not about your concern that somebody has nothing to add to a conversation. It means to “provide someone with an interesting subject to discuss.”

Now that you’ve got the idea, let’s look at another and make a personal application. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt.  That phrase means accepting something or someone as deserving of trust even though there are doubts.  Titus 1:15 says “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”  The kind of person that you are will determine how you interpret things. If you are “pure at heart”, then you tend to see things from that viewpoint. A positive person looks at the optimistic side. A negative person looks at the negative side. Two people can see the same thing, but they understand it differently. If someone frowns at you, it may not mean that they do not like you. It may simply mean that they were lost in thought.

Whenever possible, give people the benefit of the doubt. You do not know everything. Don’t let your imagination run away with you. You’ll have fewer headaches and you will have a better influence on others. Don’t let this idiom be said of you: They’re always “jumping to conclusions.”

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