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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

Show, Don't Tell

If you have ever took any course on creative writing, you know that the number one rule in writing is this:

Show, Don’t Tell.

Easier said than done. It means that you show readers what you want them to see through description and dialogue, instead of simply telling them.

Sometimes, for the Christian, this is the best thing we can do. For some people, it is better to give witness of God through your life. Through just living your every-day, doing your every-day things.

Sometimes people will find Jesus in the simplest things; it could be a compliment or kind word, quick forgiveness, or even just a phone call.

You never know how God might use you, or how he will work through you if you only submit to his will.

Psalm 37:5 says,

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.”

While we often are led to believe that God asks big things of us, and the little things don’t matter- it is not true.

God can ask you to do great things. Scary things too. But he could also be asking you to submit to the little things first.

Like calling that friend or family member you had a falling out with, or maybe doing or saying something that fear has kept you from doing.

I guess what I’m saying is this-

Sometimes, it is easier to show others what Jesus is like, rather than Telling them about him. Some people just won’t listen to anything we have to say, but they just might notice your actions.

After all, actions speak louder than words.

You can be living proof of a living God, if you only let Him shine through you.

Will you do that today?

Dear Children, let us not love with words or speech,

But with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18

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