Show, Don’t Tell

August 26, 2011 Comments Off on Show, Don’t Tell

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Luke 24:37-39

As I was sitting in World Lit the other day, our teacher was going over a syllabus for the essay we were going to be assigned. One of the main points he wanted us to understand is that he is looking for us to “show, don’t tell” the literary devices in Antigone.


When you show something, there is no room for bias, exaggeration, or false pretenses- it”s there, it’s real; there is no room for any kind of doubt.

Even the disciples, Jesus closest friends didn’t even truly believe it was Him in the room until they were able to be shown the scars, holes, and wounds of the crucifixion. So, if the disciples were doubting Jesus, well what does that tell us? We have a big job to do.

We are called to show the world our scars, holes, and wounds in our life– not runaway from them and keep them in secret. Being vulnerable, for God, in your life allows people to see the amazing God that forgives, restores, and loves. The more “human” someone can see of you, the more of God they can see inside of you.

We as Christians are called to show the love, joy, and freedom God has given us- not just tell. Because if we’re not celebrating the great things God is doing in our life, we are being ungrateful of the God that has blessed us beyond what each and everyone of us truly deserves.

Rejoice in the new mercies He gives us everyday, rejoice that Christ has already come and paid the price for your sin. Worshipping God isn’t about worshipping Him the way that makes us most comfortable with how the people around us see us, but the way that God deserves and loves to be worshipped.


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