I had the privilege to visit Cancun this past week for Yvette and David’s wedding vow renewal. While there, we visit some places including Tulum. Our tour guide in Tulum said something interesting. He said the word Tulum is a colonial word meaning wall and the city was once referred to as Zama which means place of the dawning sun in Mayan language.
Language is important as a mean to communicate with people. Also, it is important because it communities values, beliefs, and customs. To strangers, Tulum is a walled city. However, to its residence and the people trying to preserve its history, it is a place of values, beliefs, and customs. Changing it to a different name becomes a different place.
I can hear the line: What’s in a name? from Romeo and Juliet. Again, it communicates values, beliefs, and customs.
Scripture: Philippians 4:2-9
2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn’t want his children holding grudges.
3 And, oh, yes, Syzygus, since you’re right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message hand in hand with Clement and me, and with the other veterans—worked as hard as any of us. Remember, their names are also in the Book of Life.
4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
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