Show by Good Conduct


“Let not many of you become teachers,” said James.

Several lines later, he gives the alternative: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom” (3:13).

I am writing a blog. Lately I’ve been posting to the Internet every day.

Yet the truest and most meaningful lessons come from those who post to reality every day. That is, those who allow their faith to become works—to become real—by means of the brave choices they make in their day-to-day lives and the humble service they provide.

The one who lives well in this way, without ever seeking to be seen as an instructor, has a way of instructing and persuading people to a fuller extent than the self-declared teacher or blogger ever might.

[31 Days of James]