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“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Matthew 25:23 NKJV

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“Walk the walk…talk ain’t necessary” ― George Akomas Jr

“Talk is Cheap” – It’s easy to talk about something but harder to actually do it.

“It is easier said than done.”

 

Giving advice or giving our opinion is easy but, taking our own advice is a different story.  

 

There are so many sayings or idioms that refer to the fact that words are “cheap” unless they are accompanied by actions.  This is very true.  As a believer, it is so important that we live up to what we say.  The Bible is full of words of wisdom.  They are easy to apply when it comes to “other people” yet, I have found that applying the Word of God to my own life is where I can really make a difference.  

 

I have been a teacher for as long as I can remember.  As a teenager, I helped my church with children’s church and teaching Sunday School.  One thing I learned as a teacher was that my students were always watching my actions inside and outside of class.  If I wanted them to apply that week’s lesson to their own personal life then, I also needed to do the same.  This wasn’t always easy.  It was especially difficult when it came to “forgiveness” and “loving my neighbor as myself.”

 

When I started working with the youth group, things got even more complicated.  I needed to get the message across that “purity” and abstinence was the right way to live.  Since I was so much older than them, they saw my advice as outdated and ridiculous.  However, with God’s help, I was able to live my life as a “life lesson” for those whom I was trying to reach.  

 

Now as a school teacher, my goal is still the same…living and acting how I want the students to act.  I do my best to show respect even when I am disrespected.  I practice responsibility although there are days when I don’t feel very responsible.  I also strive to be accepting of everyone…this can be very difficult when it comes to people who work hard at being unkind.  

 

Why do I do it?  Well, first, I know that one day I will stand before my Heavenly Father.  One day I will have to give account for what I did here on earth.  I want to be able to hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”  Second, I know that as a Christian (a follower of Christ) I am His ambassador.  I represent Christ in everything I say and do.  It is important that my actions represent whom I claim to be.  I must not only “talk the talk” but I must also “walk the walk.”  

The journey is not an easy journey but in the end it is very rewarding.  I want to be “true to my word” and live a life that glorifies my Almighty Creator.  So, may my actions be fruitful and representative of what I teach, what I believe and what I live.

 

I challenge you to walk straighter and taller…and talk only when needed.

 

Abigail Shaw

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