so that your words will be an encouragement
to those who hear them.
|This picture was taken at Sanctuario de Chimayo|
It's so easy to let words slip out of our mouths before we think about the impact they may have on someone else. This is true in how we speak to our families, our closest friends, acquaintances, people at the store, and strangers we may never see again. There have been times in my life that I just wanted to grab those words back because I didn't know the damage they would cause.
Words were the topic of our devotional this morning. In the new testament, there are many teachings about words and how they impact other people. God gives us specific instructions to build each other up and not tear each other down. Everyone....not just those we love or who are Christian. What a reminder this is, as we navigate modern life with words all around us—on phones, TVs, computers, face to face, iPads, billboards and newspapers.
Our words have the opportunity to change the world and make it a better place. We have been reminded of that often on this mission trip. The staff and faculty are in a transition in their ministry from a private Christian school to a public charter school with supportive Christian ministries. As a team, we are choosing to use our words and our actions to support and build this school up so that they have the strength and courage to continue to face their changing outreach possibilities. We also recognize that these students do not know why we are here. Yet they see us each day working hard on their campus and offering them free smiles and greetings that hopefully will encourage them to pass on the same type of hospitality to their classmates and teachers.
Words can cause a chain reaction. Make sure the ones you let come our of your mouth today glorify God and affirm the worth and dignity of those around you as God's creations. Amen.
Today the team spent doing several tasks including pruning trees, mending fences, cleaning out basements, organizing materials, processing Campbell soup labels and box tops, gardening, working in the cafeteria, and much more. Our bodies are tired, but our spirits are strong!
Last evening, we traveled roughly eight miles up the road to the community of Chimayo. We visited the Sanctuario de Chimayo and ate dinner at a traditional New Mexican place Rancho de Chimayo, which featured cuisine such as flat enchiladas, chile rellenos, and sopapillas. Yum!