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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Easier done than said

On a recent ride from the baseball park, I overheard my sons in discussion about how to perform a particular function on their Ipods. Unable to get his point across, my youngest son, Isaac, proclaimed, “It’s easier done than said.” “Don’t you mean it’s easier said than done?” came the reply from my older son, Joshua. “No, trust me. It’s easier done than said,” Isaac replied.

Do you ever feel that way? Ahhh, rather than hassle with an explanation, I’ll just do it myself. It’s just easier that way.

For example, have you ever tried to explain a software function or Web site feature to a friend over the telephone? More times than not, it is easier done then said.

Or how about trying to explain how to make a repair on your car to the service manager at the car dealership? Yeah, this too is easier done than said.

Have you ever heard someone say, “He can talk the talk, but he can’t walk the walk.” Have you ever heard this one, “Do as I say, not as I do?” For these folks, it easier said than done. But the Lord has a higher standard for His kids. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22 NASB

As followers of Christ, we are called to be doers. For us, actions do speak louder than words. We can talk about what we should be doing, but it is when we do it that we are putting feet to our faith.

How long have you been talking about talking with your neighbor about your faith? How many times have you promised to hang that picture for your spouse? Are your kids still waiting to play with you at the park? One hundred good intentions are never as good as one follow through.

Remember the old NIKE slogan? Just do it! I have this imagine of Jesus sitting on the edge of his seat in Heaven shouting, “Just do it! Just do it! It’s easier done than said! Quit talking about it. Just do it!”

It’s not the typical way in which we order these words, but the message is still true nonetheless. It’s easier done than said. Talking about it doesn’t get it done. Doing it does. If talking about it never gets it done, but doing it makes it happen, then without a doubt it was easier done than said.

You can do it! Paul got it right when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Knowing the Lord is my strength makes any task easier. That’s what I’m talking about. Oops! That’s what I am doing. How about you?

Author: Ray Sanders

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