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Sermons We See

An Inspirational Poem -
Sermons We See

by Edgar A. Guest

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 the men 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 man 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 man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

Those of us, who call ourselves Christians, are to be the shining light of hope and inspiration to the world. We may be the only scripture that some people will ever read. We need to live our lives in such a manner that others will see the light of Christ through us. People may be impressed by our ability to express our thoughts through eloquence of speech, but they will be even more impressed by the way we live our lives as living testimonies of the things that we say and teach.

Christ taught his disciples not only by word but by example. He demonstrated by His living how they should live before their heavenly Father.

Jesus not only “told” but provided the perfect example of how we as God’s children should live before our heavenly Father and fellow man.