We are known by our actions. We can say whatever we want. We can espouse our love for animals all day long, but if we abuse or neglect our own pets, nothing we say matters. If we want others to believe that we are wise, then we need to show wisdom in our actions. If we want others to believe we are kind and gentle, then we must behave kindly and gently. Words mean nothing without actions.
And we pray:
Father, help my actions line up with my words. Help me to “practice what I preach.” Keep me ever mindful that it is what I DO that matters–not what I say and help me act accordingly. Amen.