You know what really bothers me? People who use percentages that don’t exist to try and convince the rest of us that they are more motivated than everyone else. You know who I mean. The folks who say things like “I am committed 110 percent!” or “I love her 1000 percent!”

These folks need to know that it is impossible to give more than 100%. What kind of public schools did these people attend?

Did you ever notice it is usually the losers who use this kind of terminology? When a guy gets his butt kicked in a football game and the reporter asks how he feels, the loser replies, “I gave it my all! I gave it 110 percent!” Maybe there is a connection between stupidity and losing?

And speaking of losers; ladies beware! If I were you, and I’m not, I would be really nervous if a guy said he loved me 1000%. After all, if he does not know what a percentage is, chances are he doesn’t know what love is either.

In the end, 50% of me agrees with the sentiment expressed by these poorly educated folks, 50% of me still gets annoyed, and the other 10%… well, that part is just plain confused.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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