Chapter 31 – Holy Isn’t a Swear Word! – page 168

You’ve probably heard lots of people yelling out expressions such as “Holy cow!” or “Holy Moley!” or… well, worse things that I’d rather not repeat here!

Do you know what the word “holy” means? I think that if most people thought about it, they probably wouldn’t use the word the way they do. According to dictionary.com, “holy” means:

1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion: a holy man.
3. saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
4. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
5. entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic.
6. religious: holy rites.
7. inspiring fear, awe, or grave distress: The director, when angry, is a holy terror.

I don’t much agree with #7, but since it’s at the bottom of the list it does mean it’s the least “official” definition. Basically, only someone or something that is pure, dedicated to God and pleasing to God can be and should be called holy.

Do you think you’re holy? You can be! 😀 This week’s chapter in Designer Genes (which started on Wednesday — sorry, I’m a wee bit late in posting) explains what holiness is and how we can become holy, with God’s help.

In the next couple of weeks, as you wind up your summer and prepare to go back to school (SORRY! I had to mention it!), why not pray and ask God to help you become more pure — in the things you say, the way you treat your friends and family, the way you dress, the things you think about, the shows you watch, etc.? You’ll be amazed by the positive changes that will happen in your life!

Hey, here’s a verse for you to memorize this weekend!

Have a great weekend, everyone! 😀

Ann-Margret

P.S. Check out this article I wrote about Celebrity Role Models for Tweens & Teens News!

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