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What's in a Name?

Posted by Michael Riden on November 27, 2013 0 Comments

When I told my wife that I had started a blog and what I had named it, her first question was, "Couldn't you have just called it 'the Youth Minister's blog'?" By necessity, my glib first answer was, "That would be too easy." There is, however, more to it than that, and here I offer you the short-ish explanation.

For those that don't know, "cheers" is a word used in British parlance to express thanks, greetings, praise, and a variety of other emotions. Am I British, or have I spent time in Britain? No, but for a variety of reasons, I appropriated the term for my personal vocabulary sometime over the last 5 years. What can I say? It suits me...

So, two years ago when a church friend and I took on a on-line study/discussion as a Lenten discipline, I began concluding each daily entry with the phrase, "Cheers and love". Then, when I took up the calling of Youth Minister this past year, I began signing each email and report with the phrase, "Cheers and God bless."

Now, in light of those facts, the blog title may seem like a cheap mash up of phrases. Once again, there's more to it than that. The deeper truth is that this simple phrase boils down and sums up my deepest and dearest held convictions as a Christian: the values I try to share and impart to the youth I work with each week.

By saying, Cheers, I lift up my hands to give greeting with praise and thanksgiving, remembering to love my neighbor as myself, and asking that God bless us each day. In a simple and unique way, "Cheers, love, and God bless," is a prayer. A prayer I now offer up to everyone reading this blog.

So...that is what's in the name.

Cheers, love, and God bless,


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