Yes, that is a real word. It’s a big long word. If you have never heard it before don’t feel bad, I had never heard it either before about a week ago. And if you had asked me I would never have even guessed that there was a game named after it! To paraphrase the dictionary, it means that you use a lot of big long words. I like this word because it is so ironic. Having a big long word to describe how you like to use big long words appeals to my sense of humor.
All my life I have loved to use big words. I thought it was impressive to have a really large vocabulary. When studying God it made sense to me to need to use big words. After all, God is large and complex and you can study forever without fully knowing all about God. Thinking like that seemed to beg for large and complex words to go with it. My studies got more complicated, I loved to hear music that pushed the envelope, I would teach and use a lot of big words because…. because….I had made it about me. *sigh* More about that in a moment.
There is nothing wrong with using big words, just like there is nothing wrong with using simple words. God is big and complex (read the book of Job, “who can understand”) , salvation is easy (“Put your trust in Jesus”, Romans 10). Just like so many things about God, he is many things at once to us. Big and complex and simple and easy.
There doesn’t have to be a choice between easy and complicated. I can embrace both. God really is big and He really does want me to understand what I need to do. He is not hiding behind big words or great thoughts. But there are big words and great thoughts in the bible and he gives me big words and (at least semi-)great thoughts sometimes. After all, each of us learns at different rates and in different ways and at different times. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens“. So there are times for big words and there are times for easier words.
So when does this become a problem? Back to that previous thought: when it becomes about me. When I am using big words and complicated thoughts to make me look smarter or wiser or greater. When I am wanting me to get bigger and blocking out the view of Christ in me. It doesn’t have to be a conscious thought like “I am going to use a big word to appear smart!”. No, it creeps up on me and gets into my life in sneaky ways.
And this way of thinking also affects other things in my life. I can see how our culture has made me seek the complex and forget the simple. I want the new phone, I want to watch a video, I want to see what is in my email/facebook/twitter/youtube/latest_thing, I want, I want, I want. And all too soon, those complicated things are making me think that I am the center, that I could be in control, that I don’t need anything else. And I block the view of Christ in me.
So, what now? I am trying to simplify my life. To reduce the clutter around me. Cut back on things that aren’t helping me grow or understand God’s love for me. And yes, I am sharing my thoughts in that same complicated media because that is another way that I am making myself accountable. It is not the complicated thing that is wrong, it is my attitude towards it.
I have grown to appreciate the simple words, the easy words, the words that are easier to relate to. But…that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good sesquipedalian every once in a while!