At one of the prayer stations, participants reflected on the old Quaker saying "Let your life speak." They thought about what character traits and qualities they value the most, and how they can use these qualities in their vocation to proclaim the Gospel.
After reflecting on these words, participants wrote their thoughts on paper and posted them for the entire community to read. While reading other papers, we prayed for each other and for the courage to let our own lives speak the love and grace of God.
Here are a few of the papers that were posted. As you read them, think about how you let your life speak and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
"Let your life speak" means that you are only as good as your actions and the way you live your life. You may have good intentions, but others will not know them unless you show them through your actions.
I value honesty and loyalty above all. I can use these character traits to share the Word of God by admitting to sinning, as well as forgiving others for their sins.
The best way to "let my life speak" is through authenticity. Be real with people. Don't wear a mask or my face will grow to fit it (or well). If I get caught up in being what others want me to be and not live into who God is making me to be, my life speaks a lie. I want to be real. This is the way God's love will find its way to others through me--authentic life.
"Let your life speak"
It means (to me) that to let your existence impact others. Let it speak by making those around you kinder and happier. I value my perseverance and bravery. I can show people how to apply the Gospel to their lives by showing, not speaking.
May we all let our lives speak the Gospel of Jesus through our words and actions.
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, and so control our wills that we may be wholly yours, fully dedicated to you and proclaiming your Word. Use us in fulfillment of your will and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
When you think about the saying "let your life speak," what thoughts come to mind? How do you wish to make your life speak the Gospel of Jesus? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!