So I was trolling FaceBook the other day and saw a post that was shared by one of my friends. An author, Lysa TerKeurst, had come across a quote that she said had challenged her. The quote, “who you are speaks so loudly, I can barely hear what you’re saying”, had her thinking about how our actions speak louder than words.
I totally agree, but….. That does not let us off the hook for what we say. There has to be a balance between the two. I wrote the other day about how my Great-Grandmother taught me to love. The way I learned from her, was by how she treated all of us. I am still learning from her. I look back at her life and I see that her actions spoke so much louder than words. Wait though, what I think is so amazing is that her words never contradicted her actions.
After writing that blog post, I went into my “box” of stuff, where I keep some cards and letters from my Grandmothers. So feeling a bit nostalgic, I pulled one out and opened it up. In the note, she started off by teasing me about my birthday. I am a Halloween baby, so I have had my share of ribbing over the years. After teasing me a little bit, she then told me what she thought of me. She said that I was a nice person. She wrote that I was kind and loving.
I know I have read those words before, but to see them again as I am pondering this whole question of words and actions? I knew then that they HAVE to go together. So to round out this post, I thought I had better go to the good book. No, not the joy of cooking, but the bible.
And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. Matthew 12: 36
Idle words. These are the words that destroy a testimony, confuse people and diminish influence. The words, that many times when spoken, cannot be brought back.
Again, another step in this process of becoming the woman who I think God made me to be. First of all love everyone. Next, make sure that my actions and words match. And when I mean match, make sure they do it in a good way. Two steps down, many more to go, but at least I am moving in the right direction. Moving ever closer to that woman. I can’t wait to finally meet her.