May 27, 2010

Words in Action


A little girl stayed for dinner at the home of her first grade friend. The vegetable for the meal was buttered broccoli, and the mother asked if her daughter’s friend liked it. The visitor replied politely, “Oh yes. I love it.”


But when the bowl of broccoli was passed, the little girl didn’t take any. This prompted the hostess to remark, “I thought you said you liked broccoli.” To which the little girl replied sweetly, “Oh, yes mam, I do, but not enough to eat it.”


The first grader’s response reminds me of a line from the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket: “You can talk the talk (say you like broccoli), but can you walk the walk (eat it)?


Two thousand years ago, the apostle John wrote:


My children, let us love not merely in theory or in words. Let us love in sincerity and in practice.


We are commanded by God to create loving relationships, and that requires action, not just words. In the week ahead, I pledge to demonstrate my love for others in acts of kindness.


Will you do the same?