*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*DEVELOP YOURSELF (2)*
Matthew 26:73: *And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
There is power in the way you speak.
While we honor culture and nativity, it is important that we polish ourselves.
In communication, speaking intelligently and intelligibly is key.
Not all who speak with a Western accent speak correct English or could communicate effectively, whereas
some who speak other than Western or who speak non-western accent do so with fine and correct English.
Some use colloquial expression in a way that is more suitable for use in speech to a particular target audience whom they know is familiar to this way of communication.
In the world today, the good-to-hear accent tends to command acceptance more than the acceptable-to-hear accent.
For communication to be effective, it must both be good and clear to hear and acceptable to understand.
We live in a world of dialectical differences. Even among people in the same country, there are differences.
In the US, there is the Northern and the Southern accent.
True Texans have distictictive accents and so are applicable in many parts of the US states and in different nations of the world.
In the region of countries you came from, though you may belong to the same tribe, your language may be of the same tribe but your dialect or pronunciation and expressions may differ.
If you do not speak like the natives of a region you live or find yourself, you are said to have an accent. Your accent is the way you sound when you speak. Depending on anywhere you find yourself, your accent is either foreign or local.
Local, here may not mean primitive or shallow. It may just simply mean your accent is not common with the dwellers or inhabitants of where you find yourself.
Local, here also means you do not speak the well-known or acceptable accent spoken around the region.
In this part of the world, as much as speaking right English is important, it is also very important to speak what is clear and understandable in communication.
However, dialect and native background are traceable to our pronunciations.
Peter was immediately recognized in the midst of the Romans that he was a Jew because his *....speech betrayed him...*, Matt 26:73.
His story tells us that there are tongues and pronunciations related to our nativity that we can not control.
Though a person may come into a foreign land and adopt their accent, there will be a leak in your accent that will indicate where you originally came from.
For some people, who they were born in a region or place, their total accent may have no flaws.
What should change our world is the widely acceptable intelligent and intelligible conversation.
Understandability, however, must be craved after in the way we polish ourselves in a manner that we pronounce words that are widely and are acceptably understood by people around us.
Our languages are beautiful, and we must not lose our origins.
It is a good sign of ensuring perpetual generation when we teach our children in our tongue.
There is no local or native language that does not have its accent and semantics applied to it.
In fact, you can not speak your native language without its accent going with it. Your native language is not complete without your native accent.
Joseph, in Egypt, confined and identified himself with his Hebrew brothers.
Gen 42:23 says while the brothers were conversing, they *"....knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.*
This tells us that the brothers spoke in Hebrew, which Joseph also understood, and also, there were some of the Egyptian who understood Hebrew since they could interpret what the brothers were saying.
Patriarchs did not lose their backgrounds.
The scriptures teach us where they came from.
Even at death, Jacob told Joseph not to live his bones in Egypt, Gen 47:30-31.
Joseph's bones were also carried away from Egypt, Gen 50:25, Josh 24:32, Heb 11:22.
While you develop yourself in the country, you find yourself today, preserve your nativity.
Remember always that, though there is power in the way you speak, there is power in the way you express yourself to others' understanding, so also, there is power in upholding your heritage.
Be proud of your family and ancestral history!
As you teach and develop yourself and children in a fast changing world, teach them also about where you came from.
*Call to Word action.*
Mark 14:70 *And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
No matter how you speak, people will differentiate your nativity. Be not offended when people recognize where you are from. There are some things you can not change. Your accent is your true and God-given identity. Be proud of it.
Lord, help me to be proud of where my origin is. Let me be a proud mover and encourager of perpetual generation in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day.
God bless you.