Live & give

Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people.

Before you tell me how much love your God, show me how much you love all His children.

Before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors.

In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.

-Cory Booker, Mayor-Newark, New Jersey

“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”~ 1 John 2:6

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32 thoughts on “Live & give

  1. LOVE this post!!! And so very true.

    • Thank you; I read that message, wished I’d written it and immediately thought “must. blog. this.” Cheers to you Marion! MJ

  2. Adorable pictures with a message right on the mark.

  3. Yah…where the rubber meets the road theology…that’s what I like to hear from folks too MJ. When we were kids being raised Catholic we’d go to church every Sunday. From the moment church was over my Uncle would start a litany of things about the priest, the people, etc…and none of them nice. This hypocrisy did not escape the kids.
    To his credit, when I asked my dad why Uncle J acts that way he replied, “it’s easy to be religious for an hour a week. It’s the rest of the hours we need to focus on”

  4. cooper

    “show, don’t tell”. That’s anti-political, you know. Politicians go by “spin, then ignore”

  5. Oh. I love this post. Amen!

  6. I wish this was my cat happily snoozing with one of my dogs. Sadly, no. What they show, I am not telling, but it isn’t pretty. Hissing and barking are involved. Love the meaning though. One hug is worth a thousand words.

    • We had a lot of barn cats on the farm. One old Tomcat, aptly named “Tom,” was a ginger kitty, nearly blond. He snuggled often with the border collie. All that fur? He was in heaven. They had a peace treaty of some sorts I suppose. MJ

  7. Oh, MJ, these are some of the most precious photos I have ever seen! And I love the mesage!

  8. Amen, sister. What a lovely post πŸ™‚

  9. I loved this post! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

  10. I totally agree with this post! Cute images, too. I just fell in love with the dog in the 2nd photo!

  11. Oh, the photos are perfect for the quote. Words to live (and give!) by!

    • Thank you; I’ve been saving that quote for just the right day and the photos seemed to pick themselves. Have a great day, Dianna. MJ

  12. Seems we could take a lesson from the furry creatures of the world, huh?

  13. Amen to that! Glad I found your blog and am now following!!

  14. You have the cutest pictures! I love snuggling animal photos.

  15. Sweet photos, good thoughts. Abraham Lincoln said, “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” Same idea, works with people too! ~ Sheila

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