Sermons We See

I recently received a book called The Manager’s Communication Handbook created by Walk the Talk.  Only 48 pages long, it’s a wonderful book, especially for those in leadership positions.  In the handbook, I came across a beautiful, simple poem by Edgar Guest.  Whether you’re a manager, small group leader, scout leader, youth leader or a parent, this poem has significance for most of us.  We may not realize it, but our actions communicate the loudest and they instruct others on how to live.  Hope you enjoy!

Sermons We See

by Edgar Guest

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 advise you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.


When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.

When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind

Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me

To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today

Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.


One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;

One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told

Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,

For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.

Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,

I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day

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2 Responses to Sermons We See

  1. Duane A. Johnson says:

    Scott—This is very Good. What We do is more important then what we say. Our lifestyle can be more of a witness then our verbalizing the Gospel of Jesus Christ ! Last Sunday our Sunday School studied 1Corinthians Chapter 8 and verse 9 says ” But take care lest this liberty of yours (eating meat offered to idols) somehow becomes a stumbling block to the weak” ! Dad

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