“Talk” is cheap. We often talk about what we should do, what we want to do or what others should do. We throw out ideas, theories, solutions and goals. We’ve heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words,” and most of us are adept at pointing out problems, but might never have acted on finding a solution. We are part of the “talk is cheap” faction.
In working with the poverty-stricken in our community, we toil to carry the message to feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked and give hope to the hopeless. Without action, it means very little; indeed “talk is cheap.” Action is difficult. You must to be bold to activate a change or an idea, because it will cost you. The cost is time, resources, sacrifice or comfort. When you take the step to action, it is life-changing and affirming, no longer just cheap talk.
Would America have been changed by the civil rights movement if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had only talked about his vision for equality? I think not. Minds were opened and hearts were changed when Americans saw him, and others, beaten, abused, jailed, even killed for the opportunity for equality. That was powerful and people joined together to enact change. Nothing communicates better than action.
Talking about feeding the hungry will draw attention. Taking action by serving a plate of food to a hungry person and sitting and talking with him or her while they eat will draw your heart. I challenge you to act when you hear this mother’s story.
Maria often arrives at the café for lunch. She takes out a square Gladware container and carefully divides her meal and puts half away. When asked if she plans to eat it for dinner, she quickly says, “Oh no! This is for my son, Robert. He’s 11 years old, and I can’t keep him filled up. He comes home from school, and he’s always hungry. This is for him. He’s such a good boy; he makes all A’s and B’s. It’s important for me to make sure he always has enough to eat.”
The struggles our neighbors face, the sacrifices they make daily, so their children can eat are tough.
Maria deserves our community to act, because “talk” is cheap.
By Cindy Davis, Program Director