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Practice Preaching

September 19, 2017

 

As I get older, I start to realize all those cliche sayings I heard growing up are so beyond true. The one that’s sticking out the most to me at this point in my life is: Actions speak louder than words.

 

Ask yourself….When was the last time I was unhappy with where I was in life or who I am as a person? Do better in school.Be healthier. Save money. Change a habit. Start a project. Something. Now ask yourself when the last time you executed changing that & followed through completely.

 

Life has taught me that you can’t just rely on speaking things into existence. I can say a million times a day that I want to be successful. I might even get into minor details while speaking out loud. It might get my mind in a motivational and positive state, yes. But it doesn’t do anything further than that. At that point it’s a matter of putting your thoughts to action. Putting your word to truth.

 

I get it. We’re afraid to make mistakes, even if we’ve heard a million times “never give up”. But what really goes into NEVER giving up? Continuity. Dedication. ACTION. Our mistakes and our failures make us who we are. We really shouldn’t be afraid of that. Because then we’re afraid of unleashing our purest, highest versions of ourselves. It’s a matter of seeing ourselves for exactly who we are, and every mistake we’ve made so we can not only direct our paths for our lives, but force ourselves to walk in it at the same time. Walk the walk.

 

The work you put into yourself doesn’t HAVE to be done right when you expect it to. We should know by now that’s just not how life works sometimes. But whatever words you speak over your life must have a plan put to them, or they serve no purpose. People with good intentions speak good things into the world, but people with determination actually execute their words. Practice every single word that you preach. No matter how hard that may be, and no matter how long it may take.

 

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than you can with  your lips.” -Oliver Goldsmith

 

 

-Keilani M Afalava

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