Actions speak louder than words…

Words without actions don’t speak. For years, I have been meaning to visit 2 very important people from my childhood, my neighbors. Last year, the local newspaper did a story on the husband. My grandma, who I also need to visit soon, told me the retirement home they are in. The words I spoke were, “I’m going to visit them very soon!” but the actions were not happening. Well, due to a message from my bestie today, I started thinking about the idiom, actions speak louder than words. I’m learning from things that happen to me daily and implementing my new knowledge into actions.

We’ve probably all had an experience with the car with the bumper sticker “What would Jesus Do?” and then, recklessly cutting another person off, sending a contradictory message. St. Francis noted this in particular when he suggested that people preach the gospel but “use words if necessary.” What he meant was that sending God’s message to the world could be active instead of verbal, and that words were subordinate to action, consequently implicating, ‘practice what you preach.’

I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Revelation 3:8

People can say anything, but when what they say and do are contradictory, it’s easier to judge by what is done instead of by what is said. The phrase “saying one thing and doing another,” is related to this idea.When people admonish to certain belief sets (religions/diets/lifestyle choices) that emphasize humility, but then do not act in a humble way, their actions are more telling than their professions of faith. For instance, I have been purchasing vegan groceries. I made a comment to the cashier that being vegan was a little expensive. I noticed her looking at the ingredients on the crescent rolls closely while I was looking in my wallet for my debit card… Yes, crescent rolls are vegan 😂 I wasn’t offended, I was slightly humored. There is nothing wrong with being physically held accountable for your words. I’m open to constructive criticism, as long as it’s coming in a civil, peaceful way, not a manipulative, evil way. If the cashier would have said, “hmmm this contains ____ I didn’t know you were allowed to eat that”, my reply would have been, “gosh, I didn’t even notice that! Thank you! 😊“When all is said and done, more is always said than done.”

Another personal example is, if my friend tells me you post on social media that you have given your heart to God, but your comportment suggests depravity, while I sincerely hope you have appointed God to be your admonition, if you are consumed with anger, hatred, and futility instead of peace, respect, and tranquility, it’s a little discouraging. I’m going to quote something my previous Pastor Joe told me a month or so ago, “a few moments of war are minimal in comparison to eternity of peace with (my) daughters if (I) pray for peace.”“Action speaks more powerfully than words, but when you use words as your actions, you probably won’t stop talking.”

We can apologize for our mistakes over and over, but if our actions do not show intention of reparation or remorse, our words are meaningless.

So in conclusion:

  1. Actions speak louder than words
  2. Practice what you preach
  3. Don’t say one thing and do another

  • A dog is not considered a good dog because of his bark.
  • An NFL draft pick isn’t compensatory pick because he claims to belong in the first round. (I know, I quoted sports. I’m VERY knowledgeable on baseball aka the NFL🙄😂)
  • A person isn’t necessarily economical simply because they open a savings account.

Actions show much more of a personal commitment than words do.

Nonchalant words contradict merited action. With actions, it shows that you have actually altered your behavior/put forth effort to make something happen. 💪

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Patience is giving me victory 🎉

For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer for it, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. -1Peter2:20

What that is saying is something that has taken me years to learn. Peter is not saying that suffering is a commendable thing. What is commendable is that one has submitted to God’s will and that he is suffering, not because he did something wrong, but because he did something right. In addition, he is not striking back, which is what his emotions would lead him to do.

We desire others—especially God—to be patient and forgiving toward us in our faults, but we don’t practice the same attitude and conduct toward those whose faults offend us. Patience is a two-way street, and God clearly demands reciprocity.

I’m done with the drama.

By turning the other cheek, I can rise from the ashes of past mistakes like a phoenix.

By not participating in drama, my life is so much easier.

I don’t have to acknowledge these proddings that are inflicted upon me.

The idiom sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt has never rang more true for me, than recently.

The things that were hurting me, were the reactions. I’m accepting responsibility for my mistakes and learning from them.

If I had just turned the other cheek, and patiently waited, nothing would have happened.

I do not seek the approval of strangers anymore. Many of these people injecting their thoughts into the situation are only spoon-fed bits of information they see on social media. I wrote about it, recently: Social media kills interpersonal communication🤦‍♀️

My reactions have become ammunition that has been used against me, but I am done with the drama, there won’t be anymore reactions. All I want is peace and positivity, and the world is starting to see that is true.

I chose to be my best friend.

Vegan is a vegan does 🐥

Well… I’m in the early stages of becoming vegan with information given to me by my best friend. Whether it’s the benefits of veganism or the placebo of respecting every living being, I’m embracing peace and happiness every morning that I wake up, and throughout my days. This is an interesting concept due to my well known love of steak 🥩. After watching some videos on the explanation of how animals are treated in production, it breaks my heart. What really got to me are the baby chicks 😢. I’m taking baby steps toward becoming vegan… I’m thinking I may research local facilities and purchase eggs locally by people that treat the hens respectfully until I can become a complete vegan. I’m a vegetarian first to slowly omit eggs and dairy, but dairy isn’t hard because I already drink almond milk.

I want peace and happiness for all living creatures.

Health benefits of being vegan

Controls Obesity

•higher fiber•lower animal protein intake•consuming grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other plant-based products: all these options have very low amounts of fats, except for the nuts, which are a source of good fat but can cause weight gain if eaten in excess.

Treats Bronchial Asthma

Studies conducted to investigate the efficacy of a vegan diet in the treatment of bronchial asthma have shown promising results.

Prevents Cancer

Research studies have shown that a vegan diet aids in the prevention of various kinds of cancer like colon, lung, esophagus, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer.

Improves Cardiovascular Health

The wealth of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber present in fruits and vegetables, which cover the significant part of a vegan diet, aid in reduced incidences of stroke and ischemic heart disorder. In addition to this, the inclusion of nuts, whole grains, and soy products also adds to the protective effect exerted by a vegan diet against the cardiovascular diseases.

Anti-aging Properties

Health measures like exercise, high fiber intake, and a low fat intake (part of a vegan diet) may help to deregulate the IGF-1 activity (which plays an important role in the aging process) and reduce the risk of age-related ailments.

Lowers Hypertension

A vegan diet has shown beneficial effects on cholesterol and blood pressure levels as compared to non-vegans.

Controls Diabetes

A vegan diet consists of plant-derived foods that are naturally high in complex carbohydrates and low in fats. These two factors reasonably contribute to controlling diabetes.

Maintains Healthy Bones

A vegan diet aids in maintaining the acid-base ratio, which is also a significant factor for bone health. The higher concentration of potassium and magnesium in fruits and vegetables provides alkalinity to the diet, which reduces bone resorption.

Treats Parkinson’s Disease

A vegan diet has been believed to provide a protective effect against Parkinson’s disease and is also helpful in supporting vascular health.

Treats Rheumatoid Arthritis

A vegan diet has been proven to be effective for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, owing to the presence of a good amount of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids.

Lowers Homocysteine Levels

Scientific research has supported the fact that the consumption of a vegan diet, along with other health parameters like exercise and the prohibition of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine helps in lowering the levels of homocysteine in the blood. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood can pose a risk for blood vessels and cardiac disorders, and may also lead to the clotting of blood in the veins.

Improves Overall Health

Vegan food helps to keep a check on common body ailments that usually do not let a person feel healthy and relaxed. The inclusion of vegan foods such as tofu enhances the ability of the body to manage stress. All these benefits improve general health and reduce the need for medication for such disorders. Veganism also helps to reduce the probability of needing certain surgeries like angioplasty, open heart surgery, and cancer treatment.

Consumption of less sugar and fats and more fruits and vegetables keeps the person more naturally energized and makes you look and feel good.

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