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Watch Your Mouth!

I have a 1-year old named Elsie. She’s so cute. This age is fun, she’s so interactive, walking, playing peek-a-boo, but one of my favourite things is watching her learn to talk. She’s says quite a few words now and it’s always fun and exciting when she learns a new word, and more importantly, uses it in context.

I remember when Elsie first started talking. I so wanted her first word to be Mumma (and I am still convinced it was) but I remember the day when my husband came home from work, entered the room where Elsie was. Her eyes lit up as she spotted him and out of her mouth, crystal clear came the word “Dadda”. Trevor cheered while I looked at my 6 month old and said “watch your mouth.”

I’m joking of course, I was so elated, I was happy to (at that time) admit first word defeat. You see, I’m at home with Elsie and spend my days with her, she hears what I say. She responds to my cues and so it’s no wonder her first word was “Dadda,” a word which she would hear me say multiple times throughout the day as I refer to her Daddy and the wonderful man that he is.

Also note she didn’t say “Papa” or “Father” in reference to her dad. No, she said “dada”… why? Because that’s the language we speak, that’s the language she hears. My child is attune to the words and the language she hears. This serves as a great reminder for me as a mother to watch my mouth. Be careful what I say, be careful of the language I use.

Leaders, what language are you using? What words are your youth, friends, those you lead hearing you say? Because let me tell you, you better watch your mouth, there are ears listening and the language you use will set the tone for those who look up to you.

Are you speaking positivity about your leaders? Are you uplifting in your language about the church? Are you using the language of encouragement for others? Are you speaking positively about yourself?

The Bible has a lot to say about watching your mouth and the power of your words. Never underestimate the power of even the most off-handed and flippant comments, sometimes words said without thought or care can impact others the most.

Be intentional with your words, be intentional with the target of your words (know your listeners and the appropriate words to use) and above all, watch your mouth. Author: Catherine Petersen

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that is may benefit those who listen.”

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Who Are The Saints?

What do think of when you hear the word ‘Saints’? Who do you think of? What is a saint?

Maybe you think of your favourite NRL team ‘Saint George’ or NFL ‘New Orleans Saints’. Or perhaps, like so many of us, your mind goes straight to the religious figures, mostly recognised by the Catholic faith as extraordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things. You know the ones, those who are so special they have churches and schools named after them like Saint Mary, Saint Francis or Saint Rigobert. Yep… that’s a real Saint, according to Google he was an Archbishop who was given a goose for dinner. Instead of eating the bird, he befriended it. It is said the goose was so grateful he would follow the saint to Mass (church) and wait for him at the altar. Extraordinary people doing extraordinary things… right…?

I remember being in school and the word ‘saint’ being used to insult or make fun of someone who is acknowledged for doing the right thing, being called a “Saint” implied you were a goody-two shoes or too good to hang with the “cool kids”. There are a number of different ways the word ‘saint’ is used or thought of.

The dictionary defines a ‘Saint’ as: “a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous and regarded in Christian faith as being in heaven after death.” Another definition says, “one of God’s chosen.” With a definition like that, I want to be known as a saint. Someone who is holy, heading to heaven and chosen by God? Saint me now.

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Saint’s aren’t some unattainable, person who did amazing unachievable things, according to His word, the bible, WE are all saints. Those who believe in Jesus, believe in the work at the cross, saved and redeemed, every day people can call ourselves saints.

Through the work of the cross and our salvation we have been sanctified, set apart and made Holy. We are one of God’s chosen, we are the saints.

Author: Catherine Petersen

References:

Hensley, L. (2016) Saint Names. https://epicpew.com/awesome-saint-names/

Mirriam-Webster Dictionary. (2019). Saints. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saint?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld

The Holy Bible. (2019). 1 Peter 2:9. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+2%3A9&version=MSG

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