Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

a song for Thy peace like a river does flow

my lips to the sky, Thy glory is known

yet open my eyes to see just beyond

there’s more to Thy grace than singing a song

our tongues are quick, yet our feet are slow

we say we believe, but how do we show it?

actions speak louder than words they say

so let’s drown out the world with hands we raise

not in shallow praise, but lifted for others

our sisters and brothers

to bring about change in the world today

’cause the devil dreams on an idle horse

so what could be worse than abandoning movement?

you never think that you’ll feel the remorse

a silent hearse is slowly beckoning

so shut your eyes and tell yourself

you’re singing praise, you’re safe from Hell

your hands are raised, your pastor tells

the congregation they’re saved

but last time i checked what’s contained in the word

it’s not enough to say “Lord, Lord”

but to do the will

and fulfill

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)

To me, worshiping God, and worshiping Jesus Christ, is more than just going to church. It’s more than just singing hymns. It’s more than raising your hands in a “Hallelujah!” or saying a memorized prayer. Worship is about who we are and what we do with ourselves, not simply what we say.

To hear the gospel of Jesus Christ is not enough. We cannot justify ourselves because we go to church every so often to sit and listen to a sermon or a lesson. We cannot justify ourselves because we sing a worship song with our hands raised over and over again. I speak as my own opinion, andinmy opinion, such so-called worship is shallow. It doesn’t amount to anything. It creates no progression within one’s soul. It does not deepen one’s understanding of God, or Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost. It does not help one to understand Christ’s atonement. It is not bad or evil by any means, but I feel that there is a better way.

Apply what you learn at your worship service. See how you can use it in your every day life. Make note of what you need to improve on. Pray and look for opportunities to progress as a follower of Christ and understand Him better.

As Paul states, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” (Romans 2:13) Receiving the gospel means nothing if we do not live the gospel, using the principles that the Savior taught. Jesus Christ died, “leaving us an example, that [we] should follow his steps,” said the apostle Peter.

When Christ visited the inhabitants of the Americas, teaching them of salvation and eternal life, He said, “Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.” (3 Nephi 15:9)

We must endure to the end to receive eternal life.Enduringis certainly not idleness. It’s perseverance. It’s courage. It’s faith, love, and obedience. It’s awareness. It’s everything that involves a life of diligent seeking and diligent service. This life is our probationary state, as the Book of Mormon also teaches. We’re here to prepare to return to God again, so let us live our lives accordingly, not with our hands raised in idle worship, but raised in service and love.

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Into the Ocean: Making A Difference

One morning, a man was taking a stroll down the beach. As he walked, he could see something in the distance among the sand. Getting closer, the man realized what it was. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of starfish were scattered across the beach, withering in the heat of the sun. He got to work immediately and, one by one, began to gather up the starfish and throw them back into the sea.

Another man that was walking down the beach behind this man eventually caught up to him. Upon seeing the man, he stops. “Pardon me, but… what exactly are you doing?” he asks.

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the sea,” the first replies, turning to face him. “They’ll die if they don’t get back to the ocean.”

“Are you kidding?” the second asks increduously. “There are hundreds of starfish on this beach! Probably even thousands! Do you honestly think you can make a difference? You can’t.”

The first man smiles, picks up another starfish, and throws it to the ocean. “Made a difference to that one,” he says as he reaches for another. “And that one,” as he throws the next into the water.

 

Many of us have heard or read this parable before. There’s no ultimate way of telling it, as far as I know, so I just wrote it how it played out in my mind. The moral of the parable is simple: everyone can make a difference. No matter how big the task is, no matter how small our forces are, a difference can always be made. It always begins with one person, and all it takes is one starfish. So go find a starfish and throw it back into the ocean!

Reject Yourself

Their cries are blown away with the wind
How passive can we be before humanity is lost?
Turning our backs on those who need love
We must not rest while healing is needed

Can you reject yourself?
Can you feel their agony?
In a world that feeds on disregard,
Heal the broken hearted

Reject Yourself ~ Killswitch Engage

As was mentioned in my previous post, being a disciple of Jesus Christ is not a once-a-week deal. It is not a mask we throw on when we attend church. It is not a few good deeds to show others that we’re good people. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a daily thing. It should be as natural and as as much a part of our lives as breathing.

Christ taught His apostles,

…The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejectedof the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:22-23)

Just as the Savior was rejected by His own people, we must reject or deny ourselves. To reject ourselvse means to place our own desires last. We must put Jesus Christ first, and by so doing we also put others first. Taking up our cross means we are ready and willing to carry our burdens and work for the Savior. And we must do this daily. Not weekly, monthly, or yearly, but daily. We must always be willing to place others before ourselves, and carry a cross when it is placed on our backs, whether it is for ourselves or someone else.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:35-36)

When we forget ourselves and make Christ and others our priority, we will find that we have gained so much more than we sacrificed. After all, what else truly matters in this life? The world will pass away, but the gospel of Jesus Christ will last for eternity.

This is something that everyone, myself included, can work on. Let us reject ourselves and put the Savior Jesus Christ above all else.

An Ever-Growing Wonder

So let us restore each other,
not with haste, but gently,
for an empty cup cannot fill another.
A blank canvas will later be priceless,
and the love that we build will be endless.
Though we all stumble, we will not fall.

“An Ever-Growing Wonder”, by We Came As Romans

God is love. So what better way to become closer to God than to show love? And who better to show love to than others, God’s own children? King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon couldn’t have stated it better when he said,

And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. (Mosiah 2:17)

Serving others is a win-win for everyone. When we serve others, we’re serving our God. When we serve others, we’re blessing their lives and making the world a better place. When we serve others, we’re building ourselves up. An empty cup cannot fill another, but service fills our cup so that we may pour our heart and soul into another.

As the Apostle Paul said,

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19)

We are all of the household of God. We are not strangers. There are no foreigners. For we are all children of the same Father in Heaven. Let us serve one another, that the love we share may be boundless. I echo King Benjamin’s words; when we are in the service of each other, we are in the service of God. Let our service for and love to each other be an ever-growing wonder in our lives.