Word and Deed

Catherine Gillette, 15

My friends have learned not to get into debates with me. I voice my opinions and back them up with lots of facts. I almost always speak my mind. Saying what I believe is easy for me.

Anyone can complain about issues related to family, friends, or country; but words alone accomplish very little. For our voices to make an impact, we must act. This is where I fall short. I often talk rather than get out and make a difference.

We can give many excuses for not acting: we have too little time, the task is too daunting, we don’t know what to do, we don’t believe that our actions will make a difference. However, none of these excuses is good enough. As Christians, it is important for us to voice our opinions and to act on them—a combination of speaking and doing. Maybe we can’t change the world, but we can change the way people think. If we are brave, we can start a revolution for change.


It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 (NRSV)

God, grant me courage to speak up.
Let my deeds be a lamp,
reflecting the light of your will.
May my life make a difference
to better your world.
Always let me remember
it is you whom I serve.

—from Devo'Zine (May/June 2006). Copyright © 2006 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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