Where would we be without punctuation? Our letters and words would be a massive mess with no sense. That’s why we use commas, exclamation points and question marks.
To punctuate is to interrupt a series of words at frequent intervals so that we can figure out the meaning or give emphasis to certain thoughts.
Then we grew beyond that into emojis, little faces and cartoons. The trouble is that not all of us know the meaning of each symbol and some of them are quite rude.
Some marks never made it into common use. Take one which is a question mark overlaid with an explanation mark meaning really shocked. Or one with two question marks facing each other, meaning affection or love. And there is another that is an explanation mark overlaid with a cross bar at the top. This one stands for confidence and conviction. It is my favorite.
It looks like a cross with a dot at its foot. To me it declares that the user has full confidence and conviction in the Christ, their Lord. Is that you? Is that me?
Are we confident in Christ when our life is not going so great? Are we convicted when we are not in the top percentile at work or when our kids are struggling or when sickness overwhelms us? Stand firm on the promises of God.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6-7-8)