The way that we communicate to one another truly says a lot, yet often times we don't realize how or what is coming out of our mouths. We live in a country that has lost the value and beauty of language. Our words are meant to express our thoughts, emotions and to build each other up. Today, the media glorifies negative phrases, profanity, sarcasm and tearing each other down. Especially in certain genres of music, it seems like the more curse words it has, the cooler it is. Our words, in many cases, have become a weapon of hate and judgment instead of love. We see in Ephesians 4:29 "No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear".
This is our calling, for our words to impart grace! At our Life night we spoke about the struggles and temptations to use our words for negativity. Gossip, profanity, judgmental comments, sarcasm and even bullying are just a few or the negative ways to use words. I don't think we understand the power of our words. One negative comment can destroy a person's self-image and lead them to do something horrible. We are called to Speak truth, to Speak LIFE, that people may hear Christ speak through our words and actions. A simple smile, a God bless you, even a thank you can truly make an impact in this world.
At Life Night we saw a video to the song Speak Life by Toby Mac. In this video a group of teens covered the streets with post-its of encouragement. We as Life Teen decided to do something similar, to pay it forward to the middle school students at St. Elizabeth. Middle School is a very challenging time, a time of self-discovery, or confusion, bullying, cliques and more. We wanted to encourage these kids and let them know that they are not alone in their struggles. We snuck in to the Middle school hall way and covered it with post-its of affirmations! Things like, You are Beautiful, You are Loved, You are not Alone and so much more! It was a powerful way to spread Christ's love to all. This is what we are meant to do. We challenge you to do the same, to be mindful of what is coming out of your mouth, to build each other up, to change the world we live in one by one. A simple action, a simple phrase can transform our culture! So let's go out, let's tell our parents that we love them, let's tell our friends how awesome they are, let's go up to someone who is sad and smile at them! Let's go out and make a difference. LET'S SPEAK LIFE!
Ryan began using his gifts for the church shortly after high school starting with music ministry at his parish and then on to campus ministry at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has since also served as a parish youth minister and Coordinator of Adolescent Formation. Ryan shares the good news of the gospel hoping to compassionately inspire a response to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him and "become fishers of men." Ryan currently serves as full time Youth Minister here at Divine Mercy Parish.