Thursday, February 12, 2009

"The best sermons are lived not preached"

I saw that quote on a church I drove past the other morning after taking the Supremes to school. I immediately began to smile because I felt like it was meant just for me. Anyone who knows me, knows I love quotes. Tee is always sending me quotes she comes across because she knows how much I enjoy them. This one stuck out to me because I have really been looking deep into my life and my walk recently. People are always shocked when they find out I am a minister. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. I guess they are expecting me to look down or them or to be quoting scriptures at every other sentence.

If you ever see me in the pulpit, yes I come straight from the word. If you are like me, you want to learn from the Lord and not from someone who is giving their own spin on things. But in my day to day life, the word is not just something written or spoken, it's my life. It is living and breathing inside me. It corrects me when I am wrong, it keeps me focused, and it allows me to show love to others. So whether people recognize it or not, they are seeing the word in action when they see me.

I am a strong believer of not just saying but doing. As a child, I rebelled against a lot of stuff because I saw too many people saying one thing but doing another. A lot of people are like that. They are waiting for someone to go outside the lines so they too can have an excuse to not do what is right. That is part of the reason why I am so open about parts of my life. I want people to see that I am human, I have struggles but I can admit when I am wrong and make some changes. I don't give someone else a chance to call me out because I hear from God and He checks me before anyone else gets a chance to.

Like Jesus who was and still is the living breathing word, I want to be able to bless the people who come in contact with me. I have the scriptures to back up what I know to be true, but I feel my life, the love of God within me, and my testimonies are the greatest sermons I will ever preach. Much love. Q

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