Be A Good Example

You preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

~ Old Saying

Sermons We SeeWe are all role modeling in every moment of every day. We are either showing what works to help lead us towards feeling happier and building more satisfying relationships around us, or we’re not. Years ago I used to role model how to feel depressed and without hope. Now I role model through my happy life how to hold to hope and speak words that spread joy. I share kindness in my travels and compliments with clerks. I smile warmly at strangers and hold doors open for others. I wave in merging drivers in traffic and wave my thanks when others do the same for me.

be an exampleMy nearest and dearest know me to be honest, forthright, and encouraging of their dreams and endeavours. They know I am someone who doesn’t hold grudges and rather likes to clear the air to ensure our relations are without misunderstandings.
I proudly work on the art of being a good listener and have learned how to release any thoughts of what to say, rather focusing on the person speaking and what it is they are conveying. I have come a long way, and so has my life. It may not always be rosy, but my faith is unwavering. I know from experience that joy is an inside job, and counting my blessings builds the foundation for happiness. This is what I hope to share by example, that joy is attainable for every one and that we are all worth it. I intend to preach a better sermon with my life than with my lips.
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Sermons We See

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 those who live their creeds,
For to see good put 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 wise 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 one 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, we believe what we behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with those of honor learns to hold her honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with their eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

~ Edgar A. Guest (1881 ~ 1959)

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Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

13 thoughts on “Be A Good Example

  1. Yes, one good teacher teaches many. And you my friend are a scholar. Here’s to spreading joy and loving grooviness.:-D I’m sending you California sunshine fresh from my garden. Warm hugs, Lorlinda

  2. You are definitely the most loving and wonderful role model Gina! I hope there are lots of little children looking up to you, then in some years we will have lots of loving and wonderful adults! :-) I just want to share a quote with you if I may, it is from the children’s book “A Little Princess”, here it goes: “If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart, and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that- warm things, kind things, sweet things – help and comfort and laughter- and sometimes joyful, kind laughter is the best help of all.” I think you were born a giver Gina!

    • Line you are a bright and shining ray of light, sharing your kindness all around. Thank you for this delightful comment, and I adore that quote! ‘A Little Princess” sounds like a gem of a book. You are most welcome to share any quotes that have inspired you. Thank you, thank you! With deep gratitude for you, always, Gina

  3. It is interesting when we change the way we react to the world (people) around us. I am doing this as much to be a better example to my daughter as myself – but I have found it to be a learning curve for myself as well.

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