Actions speak louder than words. This axiom was often repeated to me throughout my childhood. I soon figured out that I could promise to do something; but if I did not deliver on my promise, it was just empty words. I find myself repeating the phrase to my child, punctuating moments when I want her to be extra mindful of her choices as she puzzles her way through childhood.
St. Francis of Assisi, who embodied this principal, is widely credited with saying, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” This mother needs to take a look to see if she is practicing what she’s preaching. I ask myself: How can my actions preach the gospel? Do I find ways to lift up those who are dispirited? Do I stand up for what is right? How do my actions help bring healing to a world that is hurting? How can I proclaim the good news? How does my daily life demonstrate my faith and welcome others to discover this life-giving truth?
Creator God, help us this day to let our actions speak louder than words, shining your light on a world in need.
This message was adapted from “Louder Than Words” by Nancy Goldberger that first appeared in the May 2011 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.