Cliches make bad stories

OK, maybe it’s a bit cynical, but this video about Christian cliches can be instructive to storytellers: Just don’t. If a phrase is commonly used, and sounds churchy, then don’t use it in your writing or your video.
Cliches are overused words and phrases that have lost their original meaning. A few of my favorites:

Love on — as in: we just spent the week loving on those kids. Sounds cooler than just “love.” Also sounds really creepy.

Awesome — means good. Covers anything from bean dip to God.

God showed up — um, I think God was there long before you were.

A hedge of protection — Means “safety.” But I have hedges, and they wouldn’t stop a stray cat.

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