Back to the Basics.

He didn’t use big words.  He didn’t worry about whether or not he could do it.  He just did it.

Ben Hearn, a three year old with dusty blond hair and an adorable smile came up behind me as I was sitting on the front step.  I was talking with some women enjoying the cooler evening.  He politely said, “cuse me, me come through”.  In his hands was a stool, which is about as big as he is.  I let him through and he approached my friend Evin who was sitting on the ground.  He said to her, “for you”, and then went back inside.

It was such a great moment for us women to see such a gentleman act at the age of three.  

You see, he didn’t come with his own theological debates.  He didn’t stand there declaring big promises about what he will do, or even stand there to get any sort of praise.  He let his action do the talking.  He just did what he saw needed to be done!

His character was revealed in this simple, yet very appreciated act of service and kindness.  He led by example.  

I’ll be the first to admit, that it is easy to get wrapped up in “spiritual highs”, to make declarations of faith and truth only to forget it within an hour, to create all these big dreams.  But the truth of it is, as great as that is, at the end of they day, it is your character that is revealed.

Are there actions behind your words, behind your faith?  Are you exemplifying honesty, integrity, servanthood, dependability, respect?

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
~1 John 3:18

5 thoughts on “Back to the Basics.

  1. jenn!! of course, not only one of the cutest kids ever but also a gentleman. (o: i love your stories and words of wisdom.

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