A Parable

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

We’ve all heard the saying ‘actions speak louder than words.’ But words are so much easier than actions. It’s easier to make a promise than follow through on it. It’s easier to give lip service to an idea, or a resolution, than actually follow through on it.

Over the last few months, I have been thinking about the idea of DOING versus SAYING. I wrote about doubt at the beginning of this blog - sometimes we are held back from actually doing something because we doubt our own abilities. I wrote about trust - sometimes we are afraid of our own decisions, and that’s why we don’t act. I quoted Julia Cameron saying that we are afraid of our potential, and that’s why we don’t follow through.

At this point, maybe we shouldn’t be asking ‘why’ anymore. Maybe we should just be DOING. I fall into the trap of questioning, examining, and then, finally doing something. The reaction should just be to act. To offer to help that person you see struggling. To pull up a Word document and start typing that story. To open the Bible and start reading.

The book of Matthew is chock-full of thought -- and action -- provoking parables. One that jumped out to me recently is found in Matthew 21:28-32. Read it for yourself, and see what you think. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, over private message, by email -- however you would like to share.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few more stories myself, following this topic of action vs. words.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.