Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Richard - Bryant, Arkansas
Entered on April 30, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I believe actions speak louder than words. I spoke loud with my actions once.

Five years ago I was eight years old and in Third Grade. My dad and I were on the way home from a job. My dad used to work for Racal. Later it was called Nextira One. I looked at my dad and told him I wanted to be saved. He pulled over in a Dollar General Store parking lot down the street from my house. We used to go there all the time. It was very convenient for groceries and small items. Right there in my dad’s white work van I took the steps to becoming saved. This was the greatest moment of my life.

We didn’t have to go far to get home. As soon as I got home I told my mom what had happened to me. The next thing I did was call my family in Tennessee. They were very excited about my decision. They all congratulated me over the phone on my great accomplishment. The next Sunday during church my dad and I went to talk to the pastor so I could be baptized. My dad and I were taken into a room where a woman asked us a lot of questions. She had some kind of paper she was filling out. Then they asked me when I wanted to be baptized. We ended up deciding on a Sunday night. Then we went home and again I called my family in Tennessee and told them when I was going to be baptized so they could come and see me.

They came all the way down to Bryant, Arkansas from Knoxville, Tennessee to see me. They stayed for three days. Soon enough I was baptized. To Southern Baptists baptism is following in Jesus’ footsteps and a way to show everyone that you have been saved. It is a great feeling to be saved and baptized. Everyone claps and all my family is proud of me. By being baptized I showed many people I was and am a Christian.

I believe actions speak louder than words. One Sunday night I was baptized and everyone there knew it.