“Action, Action, Action!”
By Zach Wood
1 John 3:18
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
As we begin this last day of April and look ahead to the month of May, I hope that each of you are encouraged that each day is a gift from God. So many of our days it’s easy to be focused on the things we need to get done and our agendas for our jobs. May we always remember that God is calling us to minister to those around us and to take advantage of opportunities that come our way unexpectedly.
With that being said, we need to remember that not only are the words we share with others important, but also the way we live our lives to prove those words. If our actions are not representing our words and enforcing them, we have gone wrong.
It’s so easy for us to use words that sound great and promise commitment, but if we do not follow through and live those words out in our actions, we frustrate and confuse those around us. It’s a constant lesson for us all to learn. We may say we mean to do this or to do that or we say we mean this in a certain way, but if our motives are not where they should be, people will see right through us.
As a husband, I want to make sure my words and actions align when I express how much I love and appreciate my wife. As a father, I want to make sure that my kids know I love them through my actions and not just with the words I tell them everyday. They hear daddy tell them he loves them, but if I don’t show it through my actions, then I need to change. As a servant of the Kingdom, I can tell others that I’m committed to my walk with Christ, but if my actions don’t match my words, then they are just meaningless words.
Words are great to express and share with others. However, if those words are not followed through with actions that align and prove those words, then they are meaningless and others don’t see the truth lived out in us.
May the words you and I share today, tomorrow and every day after with others prove to be true through our actions as well.