Platitudes are Powerless
Platitudes tastes good and go down easy. Platitudes are like a good piece of candy. Upon consumption, they give us a nice spike in our blood sugar and can temporarily motivate us to do better and try harder. Certainly, platitudes can certainly give us a warm fussy feeling but in a few minutes we are right back where we started.
Platitudes are everywhere. They are in the locker room, the board room, churches, gyms, doctor’s offices and juice bars. We are not only addicted in consuming platitudes, but in making everything a platitude. We have no shame when it comes to platitudes, we even pull bible verses out of context to motivate people to play harder and run faster. However smooth and tasty our platitudes and out of context bible verses are, in and of themselves, they are they empty and have no power to transform who we are or what we do.
We think platitudes are harmless, but by giving ourselves and others nothing but short pithy sayings and not truth, we have set ourselves up for failure. Look around, our platitude saturated culture are, without a doubt, sick and suffering from platitude-related disease and sickness. We are lonely, disconnected, anxious, depressed, apathetic and living lost. We confuse truth with philosophy, motivation with inspiration and we really believe that fear, guilt and shame packaged in just the right platitude can get good results. Yet, if you open your eyes and look around then it’s clear we are dying from malnourishment.
Our biggest epidemic is loneliness. We are consuming ourselves and our world to death. We are suffering from epidemics of poor physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual health. We desperately need real truth and yet here we are still consuming platitudes, believing that at some point we will find the divine platitude that will deliver us from ourselves and our addiction to deny, distract and deflect from the basic truths that we need: to remember who we are and how we are naturally designed to be healthy, whole and human.
No, we don’t need another platitude. We need truth and love. We need to participate in relationships where we give and receive truth and love. We need to be encouraged, not motivated to be truth and love. It is only by rebuilding our foundation on truth and love, and knowing who we are and how we are designed that we will lose our appetites for platitudes.
Today, is your day to create the space to receive and give truth and love. Only here, will we find what we need to live our daily lives without platitudes but with principles, passion, and purpose!