Psalm 5. James 2: 14a, 17-18; Galatians 5:17, 19-21a, 22-23a
She told him everyday she loved him,
As she turned her back;
He said that he delighted in her,
Blank-faced all the while.
Of what use is a claim of love
With demonstration’s lack?
How can one allege to have joy
And never crack a smile?
Authorial adage we know so well:
Aim more to show and less to tell.
An action’s good as verbal yelling.
What we show is very telling.
The God nature inside of all
Who offered Temple space
Bids us go against the grain
Of wild, worldly wood.
But if we pay the prompts no heed,
Indifferent to grace
That we by humble faith received,
That faith is little good.
Let our behavior match our speech;
Do, all, in practice what we preach.
Far more effective than endless preaching,
True application of the teaching.
You’ve generously kept me from
What others find a snare;
You’ve herded me down easy paths
That some know not to dream.
What excuse, then, have I to shy
From your command to share?
Is it enough to wander wet
And hope they find the stream?
Ripest display of spiritual growth
Involves showing and telling both.
Let my words tell what I pray I’m showing;
Give me strength to keep on growing.