Show and Tell

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I remember it all to clear; that day in kindergarten – sitting in a circle, palms sweaty, heart beating rapidly, as I anticipated my turn – my turn to “show and tell”. 

What would I show and what would I tell?  Those questions still plague me today especially in my writing.  Do I share specific details or do I hold back?  How will I be perceived? Will they relate or even understand? What is about me that I want my audience to know?

Words are powerful.  We convey our thoughts with our words.  They inform, motivate, inspire, encourage, and compel.  Those words are given leverage when combined with our actions. 

                                                Your beliefs become your thoughts,
                                                Your thoughts become your words,
                                                Your words become your actions,
                                                Your actions become your habits,
                                                Your habits become your values,
                                                Your values become your destiny.
— Mahatma Gandhi

What would happen if we added a bit more “show” to our tell”?  How effective would we be as Christians if we showed love, not just spoken the words, demonstrated acts of kindness by lending a hand, and extended grace and mercy by excusing the offense? 

“For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.” John 5:20 (NLT)

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