2017-03-24 - IHFHBOH Explained
Originally Published 2008-09-09
Several have asked what IHFHBOH means. So I thought I'd take the time to explain it again.
I started writing devotionals several years ago and wanted a cool way to sign off at the end of them. Other people had used things like "Your Brother/Sister In Christ (YBIC,YSIC)" or "In Christ" or whatever and I wanted one that was uniquely my own so I thought long and hard - a little too long and hard - and came up with a very long one. I got sick of writing it all out so I acronym'ed it as IHFHBOH. I went from using it just for devotionals to using it all the time as a sign off because it reminds me of whom I am supposed to live my life for - Jesus. IHFHBOH stands for "In Him, For Him, Because of Him".
In Him (Jesus) - my life found meaning and purpose. I have tried many paths in my life but was not ultimately satisfied by liquor, sex, drugs, cars, or money but Jesus satisfies me. I can't explain it without trivializing it but to me we all have holes in our lives and we try to fit things in to it like a jigsaw puzzle but there is always a God-shaped piece that no one else can fill.
For Him (Jesus again) - he saved me. Not just from hell and death but from a lot of other crap too. I can't ever fully pay him back but I do what I can for him. I don't have to buy or earn my salvation. It's like with love. You want to do stuff for people you love just because you love them and they love you, right?
Lastly - Because of Him (I bet you can figure out that the him is Jesus again.) Like I said I went down a lot of bad paths in my life and were it not for Jesus pulling me out of the mess I made I wouldn't be who I am today. He didn't do it because of who I am but because of who he is. Jesus loves me just because he wants to.
And that's what IHFHBOH means. I pray that my life is IHFHBOH. If you are a Christian I pray that your life will be lived IHFHBOH as well. And if you don't know Jesus personally I hope that you can see how fulfilling an IHFHBOH life can be and that today you will give your heart to him.
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.