Actions & Words Must Align

Growing up the late 80’s early 90’s was a blessing. I mean as a child we had all of the best tv shows that had ever existed. We had Family Matters, Blossom, Different World, Full House, Martin, and Living Single to just name a few. On any given night I could tell you which shows were coming on and if nothing was on who could forget the most faithful channel of them all Lifetime. There was always a movie on that seemed to have the same storyline, nonetheless, I still seemed to watch it as if it was the first time.

While I enjoyed watching my favorite tv shows sometimes there was an issue. The issue did not occur daily yet it was more like a nagging fly escaping from the heat on a hot summer day. The problem was not about how often Jazz or Kimmie got tossed out as unwanted guest The problem was not even the fact that Tommy (RIP) never found a job. The problem occurred when while watching the shows the person’s lips and the words never aligned. It’s funny how a three-second delay would cause such frustration. Many of you share the same frustration when watching your favorite show. If you are like me, you end up turning the channel with frustration and sadness because you didn’t know if that was the episode Tommy was finally going to get a job.

In my 33 years of living, I’ve found that this same concept of words not aligning with actions bothers me more and more each day. I get tired being around people who say one thing but actually do something else.

I was preaching once using the passage of Mark 6: 45-51. After feeding over thousands of people Jesus told his disciples to get into a ship and go to the other side and he would catch up with them later. In the midst of going to the other side ,they found themselves in a storm and became fearful. Jesus, bthe ultimate suave man that he was, came walking calming to them. The disciples at this point were afraid and at this point, Jesus spoke: “Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid”. What I love most about this passage is that fact that before Jesus said anything he was doing it. If you silenced his words his walking was symbolism of his calm nature.

From this point forward make a point to silence your words and allow your actions to speak louder. From this point forward realize that all some will ever bear witness of is your actions. What will they say? Will they see your words and be irritated like we all are when your actions don’t align? Whatever they see be sure it is the true representation of you.


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