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:
- Actions speak louder than words
- Practice what you preach
- 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. 💪