Words by Jessica Bayus
Colloquial, trendy expressions are used to
communicate with others. Most of them
sound funny to those who aren’t use to
speaking that way. In the early 1900s “get a
wiggle on” meant “better hurry up,” while
in the groovy ’70s “get a boogie on” meant
“let’s hit the dance floor.” “Banana oil”
meant “doubtful,” and “you shred it, wheat!”
meant “you said it.”
Although we still use plenty of traditional
expressions, acronyms such as YOLO, LOL,
and BRB surfaced on social media and have
become a part of our everyday vocabulary
– some even make their way into formal
university or college essays.
“Bae” is a common word derived from
“babe,” in other words, “my love.” Although
“bae” is a cute word used to describe a
significant other, I began to think about
what other meaning it could have. I started
to wonder if Jesus is my bae. My definition
however is, “before anyone else.” I asked
myself, Is Jesus my Before Anyone Else?
In Matthew 22: 37 Jesus says, “Love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your mind.” Do I
love the Lord like this verse tells me to?
The popular I Am Second videos may ring
a bell. These are many testimonial videos
where individuals tell the viewer that they
are second, God is first.
Bailee Madison caught my attention. At
just nine years old, Bailee shows me what
it means to be under
the umbrella of God’s
care. She talks about
her love for acting
and shares the way
she, together with her
mom, will politely say,
“We’d like to pass on
this one,” if the movie
content is something
God wouldn’t approve.
Starring in any film
seems like an incredible opportunity that a
person would be crazy to pass up, but Bailee
is doing this for God. She loves Him.
I wonder what this love for God looks like
in your life? For me, it means giving my
worries to Him. As I do, I feel lighter. The
worry may still be there, but I know in my
heart that my bae – God – will protect me
because I treasure the truth of His word.
What does being a Christian mean to you? Being in the
most meaningful relationship of all eternity.
Bailee shows me
what it means to be
under the umbrella
of God’s care.
Is Jesus [my] Bae?
Before Anyone Else