Monday, March 31, 2014

stop saying. start doing

“Most good things have already been said far too many times and just need to be lived.”Shane Claiborne

We all know people that talk a lot more than they act.  This can be characterized by the old saying, “their bark is worse than their bite.”  For years I have been told that the church, any church, is full of hypocrites, and I believe that is true.

That is where I find the quote we began with comes to life.  Some things have been said thousands of times, but there are few people following through.  In fact I have noted in our community, and in others, that there are many Christians who say the right thing and do nothing about it.

This is clearly seen with the people who acknowledge the needs of their community, but they do little to nothing about it.  We know there are countless single teenage moms, but nothing gets done to help.  We know there is a problem with prescription medicine, but not much is done to battle the miss use of it.  Even more, we hear of parents who allow their children to go to the bathroom cabinet where medicines are kept and choice what they need.

There is a problem.  When our saying out does our doing, the balance, or better yet, the imbalance begins to  take on a life of it’s own.

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

As we begin a new week I ask that we examine our words and allow our actions to speak much louder than our words.  Find someone to help.  Practice ARK’s (acts of random kindness) where you “pay it forward” by paying for something or doing something extra kind for someone else with no thought of getting anything in return.

That is rare in our day and time.  People are always out for the “what do I get out of this” question.  The better question is “how can I give myself to serve the bet for others?”  Our words match our actions when we put action with what we say.

Think about it a little more.  Losing ourselves and our motives in the good of other people takes us places that the natural man doesn’t understand.  Giving what we have to help other people who cannot help us in return is a big deal.  How can we best say less and do more?

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

Mark 10:45  NLT
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Stop thinking about what you get out of helping others.  Simply help others.  Stop telling people what they ought to do and show others what they can do.  Serve others.  Don’t worry about what you get, your pay or what honor you think you ought to get.  Serving someone else with no thought of getting anything for yourself may be the strongest statement you will ever make.

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