Elvis had it right.
Or, he was definitely on the right track, when he admonished us to provide a “little less conversation, a little more action.”
Now, I know Elvis had his own ideas about what that meant, but I’ve always been a fan of the old adage that “actions speak louder than words.”
Growing up, I had a father that modeled getting out there and making his dreams a reality. That’s part of my DNA, much like the ocean is.
It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that I’ve always been inspired by this verse in the Bible:
“Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves. ” James 1:22 (NCV)
Another version of this verse urges the reader to “Act on what your hear!” (The Message)
I love that!
One word that friends often use to describe me, is “doer”. And, usually, it is an accurate depiction. Somehow, someway, I will get in there and just get. it. done.
Recently, I’ve noticed a trend in my talking.
There’s too much of it!
I feel like I’m fast becoming a “hearer” only, and I don’t like it one bit! The label, alone, smacks of inaction. A quality that everything in me dislikes.
Busyness could be blamed. So, too, could the season of life that I find myself in.
Whatever the reason for my recent lack of action, it grates at my heart.
That heart-irritation has led me down a dark path. I’ve traveled down this path once or twenty times, before. Questions about my abilities pepper my every thought like new leaves in June. “Can you really?” “Will you ever?” “What makes you think…”
I detest those questions.
And the Asker.
So, I’ve been spending some extra time in the presence of The One who knows the Truth of me.
And He’s been telling me something that I’ve never been able to hear before.
“Let MY actions speak through your words.”
And God’s actions will speak louder than any words I could think about uttering.
With that, He speaks Light into the darkness of my path. He guides me in Truth and hurries me past those questions.
I can’t tell you how thankful I am.
I’m reminded, once again, that anything “I’ve” ever done is because He has provided what I needed to get it done! Anything that God has allowed me the honor of doing, for His glory, has come about because I’ve been able to hear Him.
Stepping lightly down the last of that dark path, I’ve finally burst into The Light.
It’s there that I’m able to see that my inaction wasn’t due to the foolishness of hearing only.
I’ve been listening pretty intently, of late.
My inaction is more because God hasn’t finished talking to me about where He wants me to step next.
One small Word at a time, I will act on what I hear.
And, I’ll become a hearer and a doer.