1. This post should be pasted over every politician’s face in any election cycle, but especially in the one going on here in the U.S. right now! And a socialist winning the election in France just really spooked these ol’ hate-mongers here in the Deep South!

  2. I wonder if there may be some sheep in wolves skin too, LOL. You always have me thinking, Eric. We really must ensure that our words and actions correspond. Thanks for this lovely post 🙂

    1. Sheep in wolves’ skin – what a contrarian view > Hmmm, I need to dwell on this.

      Thank you for this thought provoking comment 🙂

  3. Can I complicate this a bit. Sometimes both words and actions are difficult to discern as they come with hidden motives. A wolf in sheepskin and also knows how to bleat like a sheep. Tough isn’t it. To say that action never lies may not be conclusive. Perhaps the element of Time will unravel both. Just my thoughts.

  4. I’ve met a fair share of wolves and been bitten a few times.

    In fact, for many years, I avoided church because I saw ‘church people’ as hypocrites. See, I went to church as a child, but didn’t go much during high school and college. I waitressed to pay college tuition- and Sunday mornings could bring decent money. I never stopped being a Christian, though I did drift farther from God during this time. One day, this man, wearing is Sunday best, was very rude to me. As I walked away, I heard the wife reprimand him. He told her, “Who cares. She’s just a waitress.”

    He wasn’t the first (or the last) un-Christian-like “Christian” 🙂

    1. This is a real pity. These people (and for that matter, people of any other denomination) are supposed to project their faith through their conduct.

      I know a priest whose behaviour, since he took over the parish, has driven droves of people away. Recently, he stood in front of the congregation and said that it is okay to aspire to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc – but the best choice any man can make, is to become a priest. He assumed that he was a role model…

      I know what he needs for his birthday – a mirror!

  5. Initially, the wolves were all wolves. Then, gradually, it appeared to some that sheep were including themselves in the pack. Time ticked by, and the erstwhile wolves found it impossible to live in their true skin (they were now in the minority). Those that did not undergo a sheep-skin transplant were ostracised or perished at the hands of the ‘sheep’. At some point in the future, there were only ‘sheep’.

    The sheep then reminisced, not so sheepishly, about the extinct wolves.

  6. I’ve met many person who has preached a way yet not lived it themselves.
    For many out of sight, out of mind is a mental process they think works. If we can’t see the hypocrisy then we’ll never know. I’ve found in my travels though that the fruits of our thoughts, works and deeds will eventually reveal themselves.

    A very thought provoking piece. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate those pieces that make us ask questions or ask us to take a minute to look past the surface.

    1. You are so right.

      One’s thoughts, words and deeds weave a garment that cloaks us – for all with ‘sight’ shall see. As for the blind, they remain blind as there is none so blind as the one who refuses given sight.

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. All good wishes, Eric 🙂

  7. Wonderful!! I love it!!
    Yes, I have met people like that. For some reason I just can’t seem to get away from people that say, “Do what I say, not what I do.” Very Sad.

    1. You have my sympathies.

      As a teenager, I heard this crap too and I always retorted with a WHY?

      That sometimes got me into trouble but also said plenty about the persons concerned.

  8. How lovely is this Eric..and so well said.
    why even most parents do the same..i have heard parents saying to their kids, do not follow me i am adult just do what you are being told…but they keep forgetting a kid will do what he saw more than wht he has been told…

    1. Very few are truly ‘qualified’ to teach – but we are all teachers, whatever our age and circumstances.

      If one person mirrors your action, that makes you a teacher. If no one follows you but you learn from your own sucess and failure – that makes you a teacher.

      So, where are the students……………….?

  9. Hey, just wanted to let you know that you’re an inspiration to me.
    I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award. Find more about it here.
    Please do pass it on if you aren’t too preoccupied with other matters.

    Stay inspiring!

    1. Welcome back ‘Nessa 🙂

      It is always a pleasure to be recognised by fellow bloggers and reading the comments in your earlier posts, you are one very well loved one, it would seem.

      Thank you for nominating me with such gracious words > “His entire blog screams inspiration. Need I say more?”

      I am touched.

      All peace and love to you, Eric 🙂

      (p/s I posted a comment in your Inspiring Blog Award post)

    1. You are so right and I share your sentiments on this wholeheartedly.

      People are basically good but desperation sometimes drives them to say/do terrible things.

    1. Left a comment in your post > I am learning from you.
      Unfortunately, it did not come through > probably went into your spam folder 🙁

  10. We can never know completely what the details or actions of another person’s life are. Sometimes we jump to conclusions that are mistaken because we put two and two together and get five. Here is a thought:

    How can we dare judge?
    Let the one who has never
    sinned throw the first stone.

  11. My favorite preachers are those who “preach what they practice”, who talk the walk and walk the talk. Thank you for this haiku on human behavior which makes us think more deeply, Eric!

    1. “Tangled tapestries” is succint. (I learnt something today – thank you)

      Our lives must be weaved in a consistent pattern of thoughts, words and actions – and so create harmony within and without, I reckon.

    1. You are a kind soul.

      I am humbled and hope, in time, to be worthy of these words.

      In this world that worships messengers, we should all strive to seek the message instead. Jesus was not a man of letters nor lettered.

      Peace, Eric

  12. Good advice to those of us who purport to be FOLLOWERS of Jesus Christ. Jesus did what He said and said what He did He is the living WORD…the living Speaker and Living DOER of the WORD.of GOD.

    Paul tells us to follow him as he followed Christ. Do we not think the world [as evil as it is] cannot identify heretical and phony words and no concomitant actions . The words of our mouths will judge us. Sooner or later, our words will stand at the judgment seat, holding that gavel.

    1. Very well said.

      I am sure most of us, whatever the religious denomination, know of ‘wolves’ who stand on pulpits (or sit on rostrums) and spew words of platitude.

      But if we allow wolves in our midst, it is because most of us have become sheep, I reckon

  13. Yes! My father used to use the cliche “actions speak louder than words” “can’t judge a book by it’s cover” – but than add, “yet, I am pretty good at it though” lol!

      1. Roger that, Eric! I think there should be a rule that mandates infusing a dash of humour into daily life.

      2. Oh, that is easy – whenever I want a laugh > I listen to the political/religious ‘elite’ spew their piss poor platitudes from their pulpits…

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