One of my absolute all -time favorite authors is Bob Goff. He wrote “Love Does”, “Everybody Always” and, just recently, “Dream Big”.
Y’all. That dude is just amazing and so inspiring, to me. The way he constantly loves the people around him, inspires me to do the same. Seriously, read his books and prepare for your life to be changed.
But, Bob Goff isn’t what this post is going to be about. Nope. In fact, we’re going to discuss a quote from the book “Love Lives Here”, by his wife, Maria Goff. (Also, read that book. It is also, incredibly inspirational.)
In her book “Love Lives Here”, Maria Goff said something which I found very profound (though, to be honest, that whole book is filled with profound sayings…), and wanted to share with y’all.
Don’t settle for having an opinion, when you can be an example. “-Maria Goff
I think that this quote fits in, right with the times we are currently living in.
As Christians, we are called to tell others about Jesus, and to spread the Gospel. We are called to be a light to the darkened world, around us. Some people think it is their calling to go out in the middle of public gatherings, and tell everyone how they’re a sinner, through a megaphone. But, I don’t think that’s the way to go about these things.
More often than not, peoples’ lives are changed by the actions of others. Not by what they say. But by what they do.
Now, I am not saying that speaking the Gospel doesn’t work. Because it most absolutely does. I am merely pointing out, that we need to be aware of our actions, be aware of what we are always doing, because people watch. And when people watch, they automatically stereotype you as being something, and your actions will define who you are and who you serve, for as long as you live. Do you want to be known as someone who serves themselves, or as someone who serves an almighty, and loving God?
In this world, we need to be more focused on living out our faith, and being an example to those around us. You can say all day you are a Christian, but those words will mean absolutely nothing to someone, if the next day, you are committing adultery, stealing, or doing any wrong thing. People are almost always watching our actions and we need to act as if they always were.
None of us are perfect. I, of all people, definitely know that. Since none of us are perfect, that means we are all going to mess up, throughout our lives. But. We can pray, and we can ask God to help us live for Him and conquer the day. If we focus on living for God, and being a godly example, then we most likely we be more prone to that. Yes, you will mess up. Yes, you will fall down. But so do we all. What you need to realize, is that God is always here, always has been, and if you ask Him, He’s willing to pick you back up again and help you on your feet; ready to continue the race.
So. Let us be a godly, Christian example to those around us. Don’t feel like you always need to be the opinionated one, because God knows we have plenty of those around us. Just settle for being an example, and see where God takes you in that.