If you want to truly know who someone is, watch what they do. Our actions will always speak louder than our words. This is true for politicians, business leaders, mothers, fathers, neighbors, anyone. None of us needs to be taught how to say what we believe we need to say, in order to get what we want. We figured this one out at a very young age. We have learned how to get away with certain things, simply by saying certain things, to certain people. We have all learned how to play that game.
We have all grown so good at this game that most of us don’t even realize that we are playing it. In any given moment we will actually believe that what we are saying is the truth. Only to later act as if we didn’t say it. Or, at least, acknowledge that some situation has changed which has forced us to go back on what we said we would do or who we said we would be. Someone can only say that they love you so many times, while you are listening to them explain why they cheated. Someone can only say that they are are your friend, so many times, while you are pulling a knife out of your back. Someone can only say that they believe, so many times, while they are stealing, lying and hating. Your actions will always reveal what you truly believe and who you truly are.
The good news is this: If you find your words not lining up with your actions, you can make a change. You can turn around and go in the opposite direction. This is called repentance. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. God isn’t judging your future by your past, so take advantage of this opportunity and turn around. Your words can line up with your actions and your actions can prove your words, regardless of what you have done in the past. This is the very essence of the possibility that is yours in Jesus. You have the possibility to walk away from your past. You have the possibility of becoming the type of person whose yes means yes and whose no means no.
This Thanksgiving, take a moment and give thanks for the possibility that is yours in Jesus. Then take a step toward a new tomorrow and a new you. It won’t be easy, because old habits are hard to break. But since when has anything about a personal relationship with Jesus ever been easy? If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Well, you are not everyone. You are someone, who matters to God. And God desires for you to be a woman or a man of your word. God desires for your words and your actions to be in agreement.