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Eric's Sunday Sermon; On Action

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

First Few Steps

At the oldest Bassilica In California.

At the oldest Bassilica In California.

Get Going

Action is a great word, seldom the same as reaction. Action means to do something. “His actions speak louder than his words. In order for us to get something done we generally need to take action. Except when the best action is no action at all. Sometimes it is better to grab a bag of popcorn and just enjoy the show.

One of my favorite gifts that God has given me is knowing when to back off. I mean this especially with children. In my teens I was blessed enough to teach 6 and under children how to ski. Of course they were in the Pee Wee racing camp. No there were no courses just each other. But they loved the name. It taught me early that kids are their own best teachers. If they took the action indicated.

One of my favorite books is only about 4 pages long. A fellow named James wrote it probably about 2,000 thousand years ago. It is placed together with other books, in the number one best seller of all times. An impressive and true claim. What I get out of it is that faith without action is dead. You may know the book.

You may have all the love in the world but if you do not let it work in you it is an empty gong. Letting it work in you is simply doing action to love others. Do not get me wrong here. Just having love in your heart is wonderful all by itself. But is it wonderful for others? I think not. My wife looks at me when I am all smiling and glowing with God’s love. In a heartbeat she comes up with a chore to do. If I lose my love because I must do something I do not want to do, then was it really love?

I was bemoaning the fact that this Covid deal is kind of making it so that I am not taking action to serve others. He simply looked at me and asked how many people read my sermons per week. I ansered. He then asked if the sermons might help people. I answered yes. Then he laughed. I just had not thought of my writing as action for others. I was just thinking of like, moving big boxes and the church food pantry for those in need which I love to do. I reckon God gave me talents and I should appreciate them as God’s work.

Seems to me that praying is action. Hey what happens when you get “too busy” to talk with your God? Just how well do things go for you on those days? God takes action. We may not like what he does but we must love it.

Amen, a Great Message

Love Needs Action

How about that phone call? Sometimes that phone weighs 200 lbs. when it is time to call a loved one. I do not spend much time on the phone. I don’t use it as a text magnate or a web surfing device. But I do use it to call those whom I call love ones. I use prayer to call those loved ones past on. Lately not so much. Yes sometimes I can be a ner’ do well. I would figure that all of us get bogged down a little. Sometimes just doing it can take us out of our comfort zone.

Love is our connection with God and with others. We cannot stay connected if we take no action in love. We must remember that the true opposite of love is apathy. We may not become complacent in our actions. Please go out and show your love don’t just think about it. Do it! The concept that love conquers all is great but to conquer takes action.

Not knowing what action to take is no excuse. Pray on it. Act with your best intentions. And God will guide you in the proper use of your love. But doing nothing is not an option.

Lord I pledge to you today, just for today as I know not what tomorrow brings, to get out of my easy chair of life and get it done.

Comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 07, 2021:

Erick your sermons are full of strength and positive feelings.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on February 05, 2021:

If you bang that empty gong and nobody hears it, did you really bang it?

Your sermon reminds me of that old Sunday School song, "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine."

Great words as usual preacher man.

gaurav oberoi on February 04, 2021:

Hello, Eric, How have you been? I have not been on the network actively for the last three yours but I still used to read your hubs. I am back :), just read your hub. Very well written, I must say. And yes, I agree that love is our connection with God and fellow humans. People who are not able to feel loved, due to traumatic experiences for example, not only feel dethatched, they feel a permanent void in their lives. Such feelings sometimes push them to act in strange or unacceptable ways too. That is what we see all around us these days I suppose.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 03, 2021:

Action speaks louder than words and as you say we should show our love by deeds and not by mere words. Great sermon, thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 02, 2021:

Some important reminders in your sermon, and yes, I do read and enrich myself with your sermons.

I agree with your advice that we must show love by our actions, make the other person feel that you love and care for them. Keeping connected is important, whether by phone or messages or letters. I do follow this sincerely with my family and friends.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful sermon. God bless you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Thankyou Peggy and Pamela. Today is my youngist's 11th birthday and that phone is getting a workout. Yahoo!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 02, 2021:

That was a good talk with God. We must do what we can do and not bemoan if it isn't more. I feel the same way about being confined but yours is a good reminder.

Blessings,

Denise

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 02, 2021:

Eric great thoughts and such life needs more positive writing as you have shared here.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 02, 2021:

Eric, this was a short one, but every bit as sweet as your introductory photo. The decision to do nothing is actually an action. What's the saying "discretion is the better part of valor"?

Thank you for reminding us to act in love. We all need a reminder.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Clive I like to sit around and wait for God to answer my prayers. Refusing the fact that my love is His action.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Bill you fill my heart with joy. To help one who is struggling is the finest action there is. Isn't it great that we can do that through writing.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Thank you Ann. I have learned that when I do not put my loving intentions into action or non action. Maybe not such a good day.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Dora this morning I took the action to go join with loving friends. I would have missed it without one foot in front of the other. They seemed to be glad I was there. That is really neat.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Manatita I have heard it said that some people are afraid of taking the step to give their heart to another. But that is the finest gift for both.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2021:

Thank you Liz. I hope shorter and sweeter this time.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2021:

After reading this, I need to pick up that phone and make some calls. Thank you for the inspiration to do so.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 02, 2021:

I am guilty of not picking up my phone as often as I should. Good intentions don't count I guess. Your sermon today is a good reminder of the many ways to show love. Have a great day, Eric.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 02, 2021:

So true, Faith without action is a dead cause, similar to prayer without works.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 02, 2021:

I talked to a former student last night; she's having trouble with her drinking. We are going for a walk Wednesday to talk about life. I reckon that counts as action. As for our writing, I have to be reminded quite often that my writing does help others. :)

Ann Carr from SW England on February 02, 2021:

Lovely philosophy, of course. We need to take action or know when not to (I like that important point). Love, as always, is the key.

I enjoyed this gentle read, Eric, but then I always enjoy reading your hubs.

Stay well.

Ann

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 02, 2021:

Good Morning, Eric. That illustration with your wife makes the sermon today. "If I lose my love because I must do something I do not want to do, then was it really love?" James couldn't say it any better. Thanks for the message.

manatita44 from london on February 02, 2021:

Feels shorter today. Perhaps because it was so good! You didn't count the words? Haha.

Funny thing Love! Yes, it must be a benchmark for Christ, as Paul says, and again ... as Paul says, we cannot Love God, whom we cannot see, unless we Love (Serve) man, whom we can see.

Service is an interesting one. Buddhism says you do it with your smile, body language to include humility and joy; words, offering gratitude, prayer, mentally ... as well as the more established forms of selfless service: socially, financially, physically and so forth. Peace.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 02, 2021:

You make some interesting points, as ever.

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