Peter was sitting with his father confessor. He was the kind of guy that cared a lot about appearance. For example, He boasted of being a deacon but his behavior was not appropriate. His father confessor told him the following story:
Mr. Avrill Harriman, a great organizer of European conventions, was asked, “Do you speak French well?”
He answered, “My French is excellent. I’ve a huge collection of nouns and adjectives but I don’t know any verbs.”
The father confessor commented, “Harriman was deceiving himself. He cannot speak French without verbs.”
The Adjectives are also many: wonderful, beautiful, etc, words that we could use to describe the beauty of anything.
Nevertheless, a sentence can never be a sentence if it does not contain verbs so we are in need of active verbs to be complete and fulfill our calling.
Our Christianity is not made up of nouns only but also of verbs.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1.1).
Jesus came both as a Man and a Verb, for He is the Savior and the Verb that He offers is,
I have carried the noun “Christian” without the verbs.
Tell me: ‘Follow Me,’
And I shall be drawn to you.
Let my life be full of verbs,
That glorify Your Holy Name.
Be persecuted and not persecutor.
Be crucified and not a crucifier.
Be misjudged not a judge.
Be sensitive and do not desire what is not yours.
Carry goodness and mercy and do not demand justice (in your judgement on others)
The way to heaven is measured by the working well not by miles.
(1) Coniaris, Anthony. Daily vitamins for Spiritual Growth.
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