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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)
TITLE: A Picture's Worth
By Holly Westefeld
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His sagging jaw conveyed mutual recognition, though he quickly snapped his mouth shut and assumed a bland expression.
Amid lewd goading to get on with the act, Ginger's muscles defrosted, and she fled the stage, past the other girls, directly into the cramped office. "Whoa there sweetie. Ya look like ya seen a ghost," drawled Wally, the manager.
Grabbing the desk for support as she caught her breath, Ginger responded, "You might say that, but all I came in here to say is that I quit."
"Just like that? No notice? Now that's not like a good little re-lig-ious girl," he sneered.
"I just can't take it anymore. I'll be by to pick up my last check on Friday." Before Wally could spew any further snide comments, Ginger headed for the dressing room.
Ginger sat shaking in her car. "Well, Lord, this wasn't exactly how I planned to start trusting You more, but I guess it's now or never. Not only will I apply at Bob's Diner like I promised You earlier today, I will also apply for any respectable work I can find. ... But Lord, what do I do about Pastor Jones?"
Receiving no flash of insight, Ginger reached for her cell phone, selecting a number she had used only rarely over the last few years.
"Hello, Hannah. This is Ginger Moore."
"Hi stranger. What's new."
"Oh lots of things, but I need some Godly wisdom, and you are the only person who knows my story."
"Sounds serious." Hannah emanated concern.
Ginger summarized the previous day and a half, from Pastor Jones' sermon on being known by the company one keeps, to the events of the past fifteen minutes. "So what do I do?"
"Where are you now?"
"Still in the parking lot."
"Do you see his car?"
"I'll pull around front and check. He could be long gone by now. ... Still here. Can you believe it?"
"Okay. You have a camera phone?"
"Can you get a good shot of his car and the club's sign together?"
"I'll try. ... Got it!"
Ginger switched to speaker phone, listening carefully to Hannah's advice as she headed for the freeway to the other side of town, and home sweet home. "Thanks so much, Hannah. I'll let you know how it goes."
After dropping her daughter, Megan, at kindergarten the following morning, Ginger not only completed an application at Bob's Diner, but at every business that was hiring between there and Grace Church.
Arriving at the church, she breathed a prayer on her way to the office. "Is Pastor Jones busy, Jill?"
No, Ginger. Go right in."
Ginger wasn't sure if it was surprise or annoyance which flickered across the pastor's face as she closed the door and took a seat opposite his desk.
"Good morning, Ginger. How may I serve you today?"
"She's beautiful, isn't she?"
"I beg your pardon?"
"Our daughter. ... Megan."
"Six years ago. Same club as last night. By God's grace, I came to know Him, and didn't kill her like most dancers would have, and by divine justice, I joined this church three years ago."
"Pastor, I didn't come here to play games, but to give you the courtesy of knowing that I will attend the leadership meeting Thursday night, confess my sins, and submit myself for whatever discipline they deem necessary. I hope you will pray for the courage to do the same, of your own accord."
Pastor Jones wiped beads of sweat from his brow. "You want ... child support. ... I can take care of that without any fuss."
"No. I want to be in complete fellowship with my Savior. I'll see you Thursday."
"Ginger has demonstrated sincerity by quitting her job and seeking appropriate employment," Pastor Jones declared, smiling as he addressed Grace Church's leaders. "I don't see that anything else is needed."
With a deep sigh, Ginger took her cell phone from her pocket, turned it on, found the picture, and passed it to the gentleman on her left.
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