my new word

July 28, 2017

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I’ve invented a new word today, but before I tell you what it is let me tell you the story behind it.

So I was visiting my favorite gunsmith yesterday and we are both knife guys as well as gun guys. We both follow the Clint Smith rule; “one is none, Two is one.”

What that means is if you only carry one knife, one flashlight, one is going to break when you need it. carry at least two of everything and chances are one is going to work during crunch time.

So while we are discussing favorite tactical tools this guy comes in and says this knife I’m making is so hard I can’t drill holes in it for the handle. So my buddy takes it back to his drill press and same thing, no holes. He comes out and tells the guy, “you’re going to have to reheat this, take out the temper (soften) and then drill your holes and then reheat (harden).”

The guy gets a blank look on his face and I say, “it needs to be retempered” he looks at me as light goes off in his head and says “oh, I get it.”

My buddy looks at me says “Dr. G.W. you know there is no such word as “retempered?”

I said “there is now.”

Definition of tempered (interestingly, this word does not appear in the Cambridge Oxford Dictionary online)

1

:  treated by tempering; especially, of glass :  treated so as to impart increased strength and the property of shattering into pellets when broken

2

:  having a specified temper —used in combination short-tempered

3

a :  having the elements mixed in satisfying proportions :  temperate

b :  qualified, lessened, or diluted by the mixture or influence of an additional ingredient :  moderated

a pale gleam of tempered sunlight fell through the leaves — W. H. Hudson †1922

4

:  conforming to adjustment by temperament —used of a musical interval, intonation, semitone, or scale

God is in the “retempering” business, we get so hard headed, hard hearted he has to “turn up the heat” and take the stink out of us, and in the process we get:

Annealed, or my word retempered

1

a :  to heat and then cool (a material, such as steel or glass) usually for softening and making less brittle; also :  to cool slowly usually in a furnace

b :  to heat and then cool (double-stranded nucleic acid) in order to separate strands and induce combination at lower temperature with complementary strands

2

:  strengthen, toughen

Want some good examples?

Sometimes do you ever wonder why God called you to do something for Him? There are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you, or me, or anyone else for that matter, but God doesn’t wait until we are perfect to call us. Think of all those God used. You’re in good company if you think you aren’t ready for God to use.

Abraham lied. Sarah laughed at God’s promises.

Moses stuttered. David’s armor didn’t fit.

John Mark was rejected by Paul.

Timothy had ulcers.

Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.

Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.

Jacob was a liar.

David had an affair.

Solomon was too rich.

Jesus was too poor.

Abraham was to old.

David was too young.

Peter was afraid of death.

Lazarus was dead.

John was self-righteous.

Naomi was a widow.

Paul was a murderer.

So was Moses.

Jonah ran from God.

Miriam was a gossip.

Gideon and Thomas both doubted.

Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.

Elijah was burned out.

John the Baptist was a loudmouth.

Martha was a worry-wort.

Mary may have been lazy.

Samson had long hair.

Noah got drunk.

Did I mention Moses had a short fuse?

So did Peter, Paul and lots of folks.

But God doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses because He’s more like our Dad than a boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, nor sassy and brassy, nor deaf to our cry. He’s not blind to our faults. His gifts to us are free. We could do wonderful things for others and still not be wonderful ourselves. Satan says, “You’re not worthy!” Jesus says, “So what? I AM.” Satan looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the Cross.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Praise report, brother Paul came through the surgery today just fine, in fact what was supposed to take 3 hours, only took 1 and half hours, doctors said; “he has textbook innards, everything was in the right place.”

2 Responses to “my new word”

  1. steveknife said

    Retempered….hmmm…

  2. well, what do think? it’s not any dictionary I can find, so if we use it enough, it might just catch on, wouldn’t be the worst slang word invented.

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