Cliche Killer

June 27, 2011 — Leave a comment

I get so tired of hearing cliches that I’ve decided to kill them.  Not all of them of course, just the ones that are really false and misleading, especially the Christian ones.  So if you’re a false and/or misleading cliche, you better watch your back.  The first one to bite the dust is:

Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.

Here’s a cliche that is normally reserved for people who have gone through some loss or heartache.  Life has blindsided them and they’re sacked with a loss of 10 on the play.  Then someone armed with good intentions and a cheesy cliche comes to them and says, “Hey bucko, you’re still in the game.  This experience has only made you stronger.  You get up and go get’em!”  The only problem is that they may not actually be stronger.  They might just be more hurt.  Take this from a faithful Detroit Lions fan – just because you lose a lot, doesn’t mean you’re learning how to win.  Sometimes, you’re just getting more comfortable with losing.  The great question is, “Where does your strength come from?”  Does it come from your life experiences?  If you can just survive long enough will you see it magically emerge from inside you?  Or maybe it comes from your intellect.  Maybe if you can just make sense of your life, then you’ll figure out the key to your strength.  Perhaps it’s found through sheer grit and determination.  If that’s the case then all you need is fresh helping of “You can do it!” and you’ll be fine.  Unfortunately, we have all of the above and we’re not a bit stronger for it.  For all of our positivity, we’re still positively weak.  I think that’s because, when it gets right down to it, in the words of the late great Rich Mullins, “We are not as strong as we think we are.”



Here’s what God has to say about where strength comes from:

Waiting on God (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Looking to God (Psalm 84:5)

Having the Joy of God (Nehemiah 8:10)

Trusting in God (Psalm 18:2)

Living for God (Hebrews 11:11)

Harry Fleming

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