SO MUCH BETTER TO PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH

I used to see bumper stickers that read:

HANG UP AND DRIVE

I don’t see these anymore.

The back of my truck is covered with them–stickers that read HANG UP AND DRIVE and PUT IT DOWN, IT CAN WAIT.

But I don’t see HANG UP AND DRIVE stickers on any other vehicles anymore–ever.

Why?

Because the drivers who used to post this message on their vehicles are now doing the very thing they insisted that other drivers not do–they are using mobile devices (cellphones, iphones, and smartphones) while driving.

And to their credit, these drivers don’t want to be hypocritical.

And I used to see bumper stickers and T-shirts that read:

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

or

WWJD

I don’t see these anymore.

Why?

Because the Christians who used to post this message on their vehicles, and wear this message on their T-shirts, are not doing the very thing they insisted that other Christians do–they are not following Jesus, they are not doing what Jesus would do.

And to their credit, these Christians don’t want to be hypocritical.

It is good not to be hypocritical–it is good not to preach something you don’t practice.

But it is so much better to practice what you preach.

Wouldn’t it be so much better if drivers who posted HANG UP AND DRIVE bumper stickers hung up and drove themselves?

And wouldn’t it be so much better if Christians posting WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? bumper stickers, and wearing WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? T-shirts followed Jesus themselves–did what Jesus would do?

It is easier to match your words with your actions than to match your actions with your words.

But it is so much better to match your actions with your words than to simply match your words with your actions.

It is good not to preach something you don’t practice.

But it is so much much better to practice what you preach.

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