Random Thoughts: Off Color



I’ve had this thing on my mind for a while and just felt like I needed to get it out. Are you struck by what seems to be an increase in crudeness and a decrease in civility? I’ve just returned from attending a conference. It just seems that there is almost no limit to what some people will say in public. All of us are repulsed by blatant crudeness and insensitivity, to the point that we are willing to make it obvious that we don’t care for that type of conversation.

But what about a comment that is only slightly “off color” – – – -a comment that some would consider inappropriate and others might deem OK? When is it not OK to talk about certain things? If there is any question, perhaps we ought to avoid the conversation altogether. After all, nobody is ever offended if we don’t make an “off color” comment. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone say, “he sure does ‘cuss’ good!”

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. Man, so true.

    You know what happened to me a few weeks back? I was speaking at a camp, and we were in a production meeting when I mentioned that I had a headache. One of the guys in the meeting mentioned that I should go see a chiropractor (instead of taking an advil) – He mentioned that if there is anything wrong with your body (sickness, etc) then you should never take any sort of med. – just go to the chiropractor. With my wife being a Doctor, I quickly laughed and asked the guy if he knew that chiropractor’s never went to medical school, and only complete a “program.” – If anything I would go see a medical Doctor. I went on to say that my wife was a Doctor, and I’ve been around enough Doctor’s to know that Chiropractor’s are the not respected in the medical community.

    Boy, did I put my foot in my mouth – turned out his dad was a chiropractor, and also taught at a chiropractic school! Boy did I feel dumb. He laughed it off, and told me he gets those sorts of remarks “all the time.” I feel so bad. I quickly apologized, and told him I need to learn to watch what I say – and that God still has allot of work to do on Rick Smith. But man, I’m learning how to live out Prov. 13:3 with God’s help….thanks for the reminder this morning!