BTW could be an acronym for many things; most popularly and especially in text-speak By The Way, or my closer circles it means Beyond The Walls (the name of the ministry I am blessed to be a part of).
I first recall thinking about the true meaning of the words we speak when I was assigned to read the book To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee in middle school. The main character (Scout) used the phrase “…by the way…” in a sentence towards his caregiver who promptly corrected him in his usage of that phrase. I’m about to paraphrase here – but she revealed that “The Way” Scout referred to when he said “by the way” really refers to The Way of the Lord – and that is not what Scout intended when he used that phrase.
Until that point i used the phrase “By the way” pretty regularly as a segue from one point to another, or even out of thin air to bring a thought to life. Being a pretty literal, black and white kind of person, after reading this passage I could no longer use the phrase “by the way” without thinking that I was indicating I was following the Way of God when, at that point in my life, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that whole matter.
Since that time I have learned and believe that Jesus is Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 14:6 – but I still don’t say “by the way.” What are your thoughts on this phrase?
And how often do we use words that REALLY don’t mean what the true definition of the word is… like “that’s cool” or “awesome” for something really mediocre and not awe inspiring at all. Hmmm.
Chillin in my awesomeness –
Your friend – Rachel