Thursday, July 30, 2009

'Living Lesson Books'

I know I have commented on the book I am currently reading The Power of a Positive Mom in a previous post, and to some this may be boring, but I have gotten a ton of wonderful ideas and I thought it too good not to pass along for anyone who finds it interesting. This is not necessarily an idea but just another great, thought provoking poem...

The author says, "Our lives can be the best sermon our children ever hear." We all have heard (and if you're like me, have said it lots of times when you were trying to prove a point), "Actions speak louder than words." Well, as mothers this could not be more true!

So heres the poem...
I'd rather see a sermon,
than hear one any day.
I'd rather one would walk with me-
than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil-
more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear.
And the best of all the people
are the ones who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action
is what everybody needs.
I can soon learn how 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.
The lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true-
But I'd rather get my lesson
by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you,
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.
--Edgar Guest

"The foundations of character are built not by lecture, but by bricks of good example, laid day by day."
--Leo B. Blessing

2 comments:

The Wilson's said...

I agree!! This is why we have such hard roles as parents because our actions speak louder than our words! Thanks for sharing. Hope ya'll have a great weekend!

Nan said...

I've never seen that poem before. What a mouthful!! If we would only take heed and practice what we preach! Very good one. Love,Nan