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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Speaking Truth and Living Truth

In Christian theologian Henri Nouwen's daily devotional, Bread for the Journey, he writes today profoundly of truth. For the short and sweet of it, he states, speak truth and grow into living it. The devotional is entitled "Growing into the Truth We Speak." He writes,

Can we only speak when we are fully living what we are saying? If all our words had to cover all our actions, we would be doomed to permanent silence! Sometimes we are called to proclaim God's love even when we are not fully able to live it. Does that mean we are hypocrites? Only when our own words no longer call us to conversion. 
Nobody completely lives up to his or her own ideals and visions. But by proclaiming our ideals and visions with great conviction and great humility, we may gradually grow into the truth we speak. As long as we know that our lives always speak louder than our words, we can trust that our words will remain humble. 
Valuable words, well written, that come from a life well lived by this author. He understood well the struggle to live up to the ideals we believe in and strove hard all his life to meet those values. It is valuable to remember that we are only hypocrites if our words do not convict us, do not push us to try harder ourselves to strive for God's ideals and God's dream for human life lived well in service of others that we might all work together toward a better life for all. It is worth striving for and definitely worth talking about.

I would add that blogging about your beliefs helps. It is good practice for both speaking of them and living them. Enjoy the journey ... and the conversations sure to come along the way.


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