The message in misspellings

Social media is full of misspelled memes.

My students, who are excellent texters, don’t use capital letters, periods, or correct spelling. I crack up at “thx sra keiser.” I understand it, and it’s okay—unless we’re doing Spanish verbs or vocabulary. If the word is not correct or recognizable, it gets marked wrong.

A bakery’s sign says, “Don’t forget to pick up bread with tongues.” Too funny!

Bible verses get misspelled, too. I saw several on social media today. One would think that the writers would double-check Scripture, but then again, maybe not. I remember reading about the scribes back in the first centuries who copied the Bible by hand. If they made a mistake, the whole page had to be destroyed and started it over. I can’t even imagine.

What do misspellings say about us? I am not sure, but here are some ideas:

  • Spelling is not my gift. I can understand this one, as I have known lots of brilliant people who don’t spell well. I advise young people to use spell check when they go to college. It will literally save their lives.
  • I never proofread. This person is in a hurry to get it said and whoosh out the door.
  • The way I spell isn’t important to me. I’m not sure why, but it seems this person’s crowd is growing exponentially.
  • Texting is the way I communicate, and good spelling isn’t needed, lol. Yes, just laugh out loud.

I’m afraid, though, misspellings, especially in memes, make the writer seem ignorant.

You and I know that’s not so. Maybe it was someone in a hurry, or he’s a texter.

But, the finished project isn’t excellence.

I went to a Christian university that pushed students towards excellence—in every part of their studies. It’s important to strive for it. No one will achieve perfection, though. I still misspell sometimes. Everyone who writes misses a key from time to time. I proofread and still sometimes miss them.

Where am I going with this?

We need to give folks the benefit of the doubt. When you see a mistake, recognize that you make mistakes, too. Be generous in your judgments—or don’t even make a judgment on mistakes.

The Bible says, in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves  and that real love thinketh no evil (Philippians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 13:5).

We all make errors. Everyone, even the best writer, makes spelling mistakes.

But, it goes much further. God loved us, knowing we were nothing better than sinners. He gave His Son to pay for our sins. That is ultimate love, the most amazing example of unselfishness. In order to give eternal life to His creation, guiltless Jesus paid for sin. Anyone—no matter what the sins committed—can go to heaven, if he accepts this amazing gift.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

We often forget the next verse. It’s about the way Christians are supposed to act. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

The next time you notice a misspelling in a meme, smile and say to yourself, “Maybe he was in a hurry.”

And, don’t use your tongue to get bread. Please use the tongs.