Twitterpated and Ephenized


I have long like the word “twitterpated.” Here is the Urban Dictionary entry for twitterpated:

1) to be completely enamored with someone/something
2) the flighty exciting feeling you get when you think about/see the object of your affection
3) romantically excited
4) the ever increasing acceleration of heartbeat and body temperature as a result of being engulfed amidst the exhilaration and joy of being/having a romantic entity in someone’s life.

Twitterpated is used in a sentence this way:

When he smiled at her, the rush of warm, fuzzy, excited sensations that filled her made her realize that she was completely twitterpated with this man.

The Urban Dictionary, like Wikipedia, has less than official definitions. But it has fun entries of made-up words like twitterpated. This silly mouthful was created for the Walt Disney movie Bambi. The young fawn can’t figure out why all the animals are pairing off and generally acting strangely in the springtime. The self-important Owl says, “They are twitterpated.” If you have ever been twitterpated yourself, you know exactly what Owl is talking about, even if Bambi and Thumper are still confused. Just like Walt, we need a word that sounds like the feeling and Mr. Disney gave us one. Plus, it’s just a fun word to say out loud even if you can’t find it in Webster’s.

In Revelation 2 & 3 we read letters dictated by the Risen Savior to the disciple John and designated for 7 churches in the area of Asia Minor, which is modern day Turkey. The first of these is addressed to the church in the largest city, Ephesus. In his letter, Jesus commends this church for remaining faithful to doctrine, not compromising the truth and for persevering against false teachers who would lead them astray.

Commendable as all of that is, Jesus has a problem with this church. They are no longer twitterpated. They have lost their first love. Think of a married couple who said their vows with a consuming passion but are now staying together for the children. That was the situation at the Ephesus church. Since we are making up words, I suppose we now need a new term to describe what happened to this church. De-twitterpated? No, too obvious. In honor of Ephesus, I’m going with “ephenized.”

ephenized |Əˈfinīzed|
Verb To lose you first love like the church at Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7)

“Honey, I just don’t feel that spark like I used to. I fear we’ve become ephenized.”

This happens to some extent in all long-term relationships and can have dire consequences. Jesus warns the church against a cold “I’m right” type of devotion – the frozen chosen, if you will. Yes, we have been blessed with the truth that generations of prophets long to possess. Nevertheless, we owe the Lord everything and He is worth appreciating. We need to remain twitterpated. Yet it is all too easy to become ephenized.

If indeed we have become ephenized, how do we recapture the twitterpation? How do we recapture that first love we had for our Redeemer? There are many possibilities but let me mention just one. Pray for the people in your life. This can be a very effective strategy to fight ephenezism and recover twitterpation.

What would a married couple do if they were having a rocky time? Counseling would be the prescription. In counseling they, under guidance, would talk to each other. The same would hold for a couple’s retreat. Get away from it all to talk to each other, dream dreams with each other, and fan the flames. We must do this with our most significant relationship – our relationship with God. How do we talk with God? Prayer. And who better to pray for? The people in our lives – family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. God loves them also.

When Jesus was asked about the summation of our responsibility to God, his answer included active love of God and others:

“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”” (Matthew 22:35–40 NIV)

This is what Our Love desires from us. Pray for the people in your life and you will begin to see them with God’s eyes. And you will be deepening the relationship with your Most Significant Other. The Great Physician prescribes a twitterpation infusion, now available with soothing camomile.

Are you ephenized? If so, I feel your pain. Let’s get on our knees and become twitterpated again.

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