ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
by denise watson-smith
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ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
I was checking my emails on yesterday, and I received an email from a young man that caught me completely off guard. He told me in the email that in truly in every sense of the word, that I am a woman of God. He thanked me for encouraging him and for just showing family love to others. The thing is that even though I see this young man in church and I speak or chat with him, I never really knew that he was watching me, not until I received the email from him. And that got me to thinking; you never know who is watching you. You never know whose life you have touched without saying a word. There is a song that I can remember singing as a child that had these lyrics, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” How many people know that you are a Christian? How many people can look at your walk, without you even saying a word, and know that you are a Christian? This young man told me that actions speak louder than words, which made me think even more, do we say one thing, but act another way? Do we tell our brothers and our sisters that we love them, but yet, we never show it? How do we show our brothers and sisters that we really care about them? Do we call up someone else to inquire about another person out of sheer nosiness or do we do it out of genuine concern? Do we tell our brothers and sisters that we will pray for them because it is the “Christian” thing to do, or do we tell them because we are sincere? Do you wait until a person has been incapacitated for a number of months before you send them a card saying we are praying for you, or do you contact them immediately when you know that they are going through a crisis or storm? Do we call our brothers and sisters up to encourage them or send them an inspiring word via email, or do we just say, someone else will do it? If we depended on someone else doing something, it would never get done. It is not always what you say that will get results, but what you do. But that is not all. Through it all, how are you representing Christ? How are you showing others that you are for real? How do you show the children, who are watching you that you are for real? What kind of example are we setting for them? Are we in the choir stands busy talking about others, yet we yell at the children to tell them to be quiet? Are you sitting in the choir stand or in the pews scouring at someone like you can not stand being there? Are we encouraging to our children instead of discouraging? How do we allow ourselves to work with children, but cut them down every chance we get? How do we allow ourselves to work with children, but have no real interest in them nor show support for them? I often wonder, what is more important to someone, the job or the title?
Showing love means being for real. Showing love means if you are concerned about someone, call them, tell them that you are concerned, and don’t call others to find out about them, especially if you are doing it with malice in your hearts. If you have a problem with a child, speak to that child. Don’t go around in public and bash that child in front of others. We tell the children to remember who they are representing, but yet we have a tendency to forget. They see and watch everything we do. They hear what we say, but they mainly watch what we do. You can not say to a child “I love you,” yet you turn to your neighbor in the next breath and talk down about that child. But it is not only with the children. It is for others as well. We need to be real Christians, not just in name only. We need to be radical for Christ, daily, not just between the hours of 11 and 1 on Sunday. We need to be about or Fathers business instead of our own. God says love, not front or pretend. Everything we do in God’s house, someone is watching. When you profess to be a Christian, wherever you go, someone is watching. While you are in your homes, someone is watching. While you are on your jobs, someone is watching. You never know who, but that young man who emailed me let me know that he was watching me, and I thank and praise God that He used my life to be an example to others.
God has been so good to all of us. We all have something to thank and praise God for. Instead of our actions speaking louder than words, our actions should exemplify God’s Word. If God says it, we should do, because you never know who is watching you. Be Blessed.
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