After looking up "duff," which the Caterpillar found in a fire safety pamphlet, I flipped randomly to the F section of the SOED and found this vaguely related word. Duff, in the context, means "decaying vegetable matter covering forest ground," but more generally denotes "something worthless." "Floccinaucinihilipilification" caught my attention by being a very long word (29 letters and four Latin roots), right in the middle of the page. And it means "the action or habit of estimating as worthless."
It sounds like a bad habit to me. When you are tempted to dismiss something as duff, consider it carefully. Do you want to be guilty of floccinaucinihilipilification? Let us value people as children of God, the world around us as His creation, and the new year before us as full of opportunity. Not, of course, that everything has equal worth. When we meet items or habits which are not of worth to us, let us replace them with that which is more edifying.
Seize the year!
Parable of the Pit
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