‘I’d Rather See a Sermon…’

Sermon Feature

I’m usually the guy who is shoving inspiration down people’s throats.

Read this!

Watch this!

Listen to this!

Needless to say, if I find something that speaks to me – I share it with anyone who will listen.

But as much as I love dishing out the motivation, I enjoy receiving it so much more. If someone takes the time to share a nugget of inspiration with me, I embrace it with open arms.

I recently received one of these wonderfully great gifts – a poem about leading by example. I wanted to keep it going by sharing it here.

My favorite line: “For I might misunderstand you, and the high advice you give…But there’s no misunderstanding, how you act and how you live.”

It reminds me that talking the talk is futile – walking the walk is what’s inspiring. It’s what makes people want to follow you.

It also reminds be of the importance of “being” instead of just “seeming.” Examples:

• I want to BE a good dad, not SEEM like a good dad.

• I want to BE a dedicated Rangers homer, not SEEM like one.

• I want to BE a trusting real estate agent, not SEEM like one.

There are so many layers to this poem. I hope it speaks to you, too. (If it does…feel free to pass it along!)

Thanks for sharing it with me, Mr. Adams!

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Sermons We See

by Edgar Guest

I’d rather see a sermon, than hear one any day
I’d rather one should walk with me, than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and, more willing than the ear
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear.
And the best of all the preachers, are the one’s who live their creeds
For to see good deed in action, is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it, if you’ll let me see it done
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver, may be very nice and true
But I’d rather get my lessons, by observing what you do.
For I might misunderstand you, and the high advice you give
But there’s no misunderstanding, how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

One good person teaches many, for we believe what we behold.
One deed of kindness noticed, is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with folks of honor, learns to hold his honor dear.
For right living speaks a language, which to everyone is clear.

Though an able speaker charms me, with his eloquence I say.
I’d rather see a sermon, than hear one any day.

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