No, not a typo. I mean it…some things are easier done than said. Yes, the old expression is contrary to this but, it also is sort of lazy if you really stop to think about it. And the Bible doesn’t speak highly of laziness…
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
Hebrews 6:12 NIV
“Easier said than done” gives us an excuse. Our thoughts are, “I could live a healthier life, or be more joyful throughout my day but, that’s much easier said than done.” It is also, and maybe more often, used as an excuse to other people. We respond to other people’s encouragement or critiques by saying, “well, that’s much easier said than done.” But, what if we adopted an attitude of things being easier done than said.
Think about chores. We know they need to be done. We tell ourselves, our roommates, spouses, and maybe even our friends that we need to do the dishes (or laundry or whatever your least favorite chore might be). Sometimes we tell them over and over. Which, ultimately gets us nowhere. If we would just do the dishes, they would be done and we would no longer be preocupied with it. The same goes with homework, going to class, or even work. (Don’t get me wrong I’m the last one who should be trying to tell someone else about putting things off, but, the Lord uses the least of these right??) This motto can also apply to all types of other things. It applies to things that are difficult for us. Think of making friends for example. Some would say that it’s easier said than done but I would say it could also be the opposite. Instead of psyching ourselves out about the difficult challenges in life, we might try (at the risk of sounding like Nike) just doing it.
The same goes for the things in our Christian life that are not so easy. But, we can adopt an attitude of easier said than done and just let ourselves believe it’s too hard or, we can accept that some things are easier done than said. For example, sharing the gospel. Don’t get me wrong, it is difficult and sometimes challenging but, we are called to do it.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
Here, God is not only telling his disciples to share the gospel, but, that he will be there with them always as they do. The same applies to us. But he’s not telling them to do it some day, to come up with a plan for doing it, or to talk to the other disciples about doing it. God is telling them to go and make disciples. We need to stop talking about it and simply try doing it.
Then, sometimes things are not only better (and ultimately easier) done than said but with certain things, this is a better strategy. Sharing God’s love is almost always easier done than said. Think about it in your own life. If someone tells you they love you but they don’t have any actions to back that up, you’re not going to feel loved. Love is something you do, not something you just say.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
1 John 4:11-12 NIV
Doing love as an action, is something that God called us to and that God showed us how to do through Christ. Think about how much different the world would be if we looked at love as easier done than said. And, we can apply this motto to so many areas of our walk with God. Reading our bible…easier done than said. Prayer…easier done than said. Service and missions…easier done than said.
I pray that God will continue to remind me that often times, things are easier done than said especially when it comes to my relationship with Him.