Sermons We See

24 May 2011


I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;

And the best of all the preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it
if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live. 

-Edgar Guest

My professor read this to our class today and I'm not sure how few poems in my life I have heard that resonated with me the way this one did. I feel this way about every action in life. I think living what you say is so much more important than the fact that you said it. I try every day to live a life that I'm proud of and one day, when I'm a teacher, I'd like to teach my students the same thing. 


bethany said...

Oh, that's such a beautiful poem. Often I don't connect with poetry, because it takes SO much digestion...but this is so lovely and applicable. It seems theres an awful lot of preaching in life, and if only all those who were preachin' were living it too, the world would be a super lovely place.

Thanks for sharing this poem! :)

kimbirdy said...

oh that's really lovely. this is exactly the sort of thing we should be teaching young people. i'm so happy for all of your future students who will get you as their teacher! :)

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

That is such a beautiful poem!

Ashley said...

I couldn't agree with you more! And that is a really fantastic poem. :)

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