Words are important. For a fellow who spends an awful lot of time “doing words” (reading them, writing them, saying them) it makes me feel good when others acknowledge that words matter….and all the more so when someone mentions that my words meant something good to them.
The fact is we are not “word short”. As if we did not have enough words already social media came along, and provided a platform for millions of more words. However, I am glad that Facebook and the like made spaces for photos, too, because….well you know…. “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
However, these few words that I am typing are not meant to extol the blessing or bring low the bane of words. Rather, I wanted to mention two words that leapt off the page of Scripture during my devotional reading recently. Those two words were “good deeds”. It was as if those two words were all in caps and bolded. You know how it is when The Lord has a word for you.
So, as valuable as words are.and they are….deeds speak a language of their own. Sometimes we know that in fact “talk is cheap”. Words don’t often cost much (and that’s why I think some of us feel free to use so many.) But deeds on the other hand….cost time, effort, and often money.
It is true that words aptly spoken are like “apples in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). However, we are also instructed to “let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18). May it be said of me (and you, too) that we be like like Jesus “who went aboutdoing good.” (Acts 10:38)
Those are two really good words.