I was reminded this week, how important your actions are. Words count don't get me wrong. However if what you say doesn't match up with what you do people will notice!
I struggle a lot with people pleasing. God gave me a tender heart for others and sometimes, a lot of times it seems more important to me what people think of me then what God thinks of me. So I will say yes, way more often than no. I don't necessarily think this is all bad, but I have begun to recognize that you can do good things, and still not be doing what God is requiring of you.
Terry used a great example in his sermon Sunday. If we need to forgive our brother, and don't right away but instead read scripture, do bible study etc... (which are good thing!) And put off the forgiveness, then you are not being obedient.
All to often we will bypass what we need to do because it is hard, or boring, or whatever excuse we come up with, to do something that's more enjoyable, easier, etc.. or maybe we allow fear of not pleasing others, not fitting in, not stirring others up.
This week two boys reminded me it okay to show, and share my faith everyday and everywhere! The first boy is wearing his drama camp shirt that has this scripture on it:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with alll your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
While enjoying some ice cream at DQ an older gentleman approached him, commented on his shirt and asked if he wore it to school. He replied yes. The older gentleman then asked if he went to christian school or public, the boy replied with public school. The older gentleman thanked him went on his way, as he was leaving he dropped something on the boys table.
After opening the paper he realized it was $10. Rather than blow it on more ice cream or something for himself, this young man gave it as an offering that night at his church. God had blessed him and he was blessing others. His actions were way more powerful than his words.
The next young man attends the school I work at. He wore this shirt last week . When I asked if i could take a picture of his shirt he was proud to show me and even proceeded to talk to me about the movie, and music that goes right along with it. What a great way to get others talking and sharing about Gods love.
These two boys showed me by example what it means to walk the talk. They not only show it with their words but their actions as well.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with alll your mind and with all your strength.
They do this, even more they exemplify the next verse
The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
We can all learn a lot from these two scriptures and these two boys. Just remember you may be the only Jesus some one else sees!
Have a Beautiful Day!
(I had permission from both boy's parents to post their pictures)