Mar 12 2012

Actions Speak Louder than Words

You work so hard to pay for the big house, in the right neighborhood with the right schools. 

You save enough to send your kids to college, so they become successful, get a good career, get married, and give you grandkids.

It’s the perfect life.  Maybe your parents did it for you, and you want the same for your family. 

There’s something missing from that though…

Heard a story at church yesterday about a boy who was raised in church from a wealthy family.  He had everything he needed and then some.

He was told about Jesus, but didn't get it…

So one day his upper middle class parents came to him and said,

“Son we’re going to open up our home to the homeless.”

He saw his parents serving.  They did more then tell him about Jesus, they showed him.  He got it. 

We do our children a disservice if we give them a perfect life, in the perfect schools, in the perfect sports, and the perfect friends, and pay for their perfect college, but fail to teach them when they discover that life isn't perfect...to cry out to Jesus.

How do you let your actions speak louder than your words?

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3/12/2012 9:45:53 AM
tyut6r yurt United States
tyut6r yurt
i am a caroll like you
3/12/2012 11:01:41 AM
Maria United States
Maria
I am constantly telling my kids to think and do the right thing..We talk about God and the sacrafices Jesus made for us but my 12 year old son showed me that our conversations were actually being heard. One day, leaving the grocery store, my son saw a homeless man on the street and asked me if he could give him money. I reached for my wallet but he said, " I got this mom" and took out a five dollar bill he had earned for good grades, handed it to the homeless man and said "God bless you". The man had a suprised look on his face and also replied "god bless you". My son took my words and turned them into action. What more could I ask for!
3/12/2012 11:11:30 AM
Kaci United States
Kaci
My husband and I are always trying to teach our kids to help one another even if we don't know them. Back in December my 3 year old son saw a tent set up where they were raising money for the hungry children and heard one of the ladies ask someone walking by if they would like to donate to the hungry. My son looked at me and said I want to help a little boy eat and pulled some change out of his pocket and put it in the bucket. That day made me smile to know that my son is actually listening to what I say.
3/12/2012 11:13:06 AM
Krysta United States
Krysta
We ask our children every day, "Who loves you the most?" The answers are either, "God!" or "Jesus!". Which always brings a smile to my face. On Saturday I took my girls with me to the hair dressers. They couldn't keep their hands off of the broom and the Swiffer! So, as mothers, why stop them? Before we left, my hairdresser gave them each $1. A family across the street from our church had a house fire last Sunday, so we were doing a special collection for them this week. So, on Sunday morning, my three-year-old walked out of her room with her $1 bill in her hand. I asked her what she was doing with it. "I dibbing dis to chuch, in da basset." I was so proud of her, as was our Pastor - who told the congregation of a sweet little girl who gave a 100% tithe this week!
3/12/2012 12:06:07 PM
Michelle United States
Michelle
Some of the stories here remind me of the way my son and I use to be.  In order to get to our swimming pool we use to drive right through downtown and on the way home we use to get extra hotdogs at the hamburger stand.  When we were at the red lights and saw the homless we use to hand a few out.

I am going to pray right now that God sends me some simple ideas such as this to show the love of Jesus.    In reading the comments I realize it does not have to be a huge thing.  Maybe the little things during our day are what sets the example.
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