The Number Eight and God’s accent


My little girl has been enjoying showing how she can count to ten – she has a favourite counting seat, perched on the end of the sofa’s arm. When she gets to 10 she jumps up clapping and throwing herself at you. She has a problem through, the number 8. She has mastered them all except that tricky 8. Last night hubby told me that it was my fault!!!!! You see the number 8 has been a symbol in our house of cultural diversity. The way that people from Northern Ireland say 8 is not the same as the rest of the world it turns out. I suppose the way we say it is closer to ‘ate’ that ‘eight’ and I struggle to say it any other way.

We are wondering what kind of accent our girl will grow up with – she has parents from two different countries and growing up in a third. I’m pretty sure she will end up with a mostly South African accent with hints of Malawi and Ireland in there. She will be influenced by the place she is living in as well as the people in our home.

In the same way we are influenced by the people that are around us – sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. Yet God tells us that we should be living as a tourist – living lightly in this world as it is not out real home.

1 Peter 1:14 -17As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

I’m sure that South Africa has rubbed off on me while I have been living here – some people from home have said I sound posh! But I pray that no matter where we live our lives that we would be careful about picking up habits and sin. It is so easy to pick up habits that are acceptable in the age we live that are not honoring to God – we need to be mindful of speaking with God’s accent.

Help me Lord to only be influenced by what honors you and sounds like – Lord I want to speak my life with your accent. 

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