- Reflect on passage alone or with a small group.
I have a confession to make. I am of the kind that likes to make big plans for everything. I love over complicating a simple goal and adhere to the principle of “go big or go home.” Well, that’s the plan, anyway. I mess up by “talking big and then going home.” Is there anyone out there that says they’ll do something and then never do it? I’d be happy to know I’m not alone.
In the end, what truly matters is not the words from your mouth, but the work done by your hands. Actions speak for themselves! While planning, scheming, and conceptualized talk is essential for building ideas, there comes a time when the lips should stop, and the hands should move. This is especially true for the Kingdom of God. St. Francies of Assisi once said, “preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” So, how often do we chose to act out the gospel in our line of work? Do we talk like Christian Responders, or do we act like Christian Responders? Maybe even both?
Please help me to follow through with my words and thoughts, and turn them into action. Wrap my passionate words with the warm embrace of wisdom—a pearl of wisdom that teaches me to go and do good work. Let me preach the gospel all the time! And only when necessary, use words. Amen.