Friday, 12 March 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words!

       The sky never ceases to amaze me! I could spend the rest of my life just capturing the many faces of the sky and with each image a different story unfolds...
 There are times when words in and of themselves are a stumbling block, a hindrance to achieving your goal, whatever it may be...It is a great skill I think (and one that many of us are yet to master) to be able to detect when it is best to speak and when it is better to act. A picture for the purpose of this reflection refers to action / activity / a way of living. 

In a world where we are constantly assessing people and being assessed for what we have, how we look, our education, our pedigree and indeed our beliefs; often our words can let us down if they are all we have to show for who we are and what we stand for. 

Have you ever met someone who is constantly promising and talking a good game? Many are very good story tellers (no relation to me honest!) but their words grow empty when there is no action to follow. It reminds me of a declaration of 'love' (rather the illusion of love) from a man to a woman. Many talk of how they love and how they are devoted and yet their actions tell a completely different story or rather paint an unrelated picture. The old adage, 'a picture is worth a thousand words' could not be more relevant for our 'cheap talking' generation. My interpretation of it is this; words have a short lifespan of relevance,  after which if they are not followed by a pictorial representation (action) became meaningless and invalid. This is not only true in the realm of romantic relationships, but also in a business context, in social interaction between people and probably most importantly in living out one's faith.

It is best illustrated I feel in the practice of the Christian faith. Being a Christian myself I find that there is a great need for this skill of detection  in determining when it is time to speak and when its time to act (for those of us who are not good at it, the Holy Spirit helps us out). I would add a third consideration; one needs to know when to be still and wait for God's direction. When it comes to practicing my faith, I have discovered that words alone can become quite empty without the enablement of the Holy Spirit and the action of love to follow. This is best exemplified by Jesus himself who healed the sick and gave instruction as well as spent time seeking God for direction in prayer. The three truly are inseparable and often its the combination that brings the desired result...  [ Link: What did Jesus say?

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