We got the DVD of The Lorax two weeks ago and the girls have been watching it DAILY since then. They’re watching it now actually, and this funny dialogue just reminded me of something.
The Onceler was trying to bribe the Lorax with marshmallows, so he’d get to stay and harvest some trees.
Lorax: Gimme that! Sniff sniff…..hmmm….I’m gonna eat this, but I’m highly offended by it!
Of course, as the story goes, the Lorax still refuses to let the Onceler do what he wants, and tries his hardest to save the trees. But it just occurred to me that we often do what the Lorax did in this scene.
WE SAY ONE THING, BUT WE DO ANOTHER. If he was really offended by the gesture, he wouldn’t have eaten the marshmallow. His disclaimer was pointless because of his actions.
Actions still speak louder than words. Our lives speak more than what we actually preach. If we really believe in something, it should be expressed through our SPEECH and ACTIONS. In the same way, whatever we do and however we live our lives, is a manifestation of what is in our hearts. What we say and what we do should be ONE — INTEGRITY.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. Matthew 12:33
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Proverbs 2:6-8