Our WORDS tend to only produce immediate, Short-Term Change, while our ACTIONS seem to promote a Deeper, more Permanent Transformation. Whether they come in the form of a sermon, a sales pitch, or a motivational speech, words motivate us to make Quick, Emotionally-Based decisions, where we mean well but rarely can maintain this change for longer than a week or two. But when we observe a spouse, a parent, or friend setting a good example over a long period of time, this tends to inspire us to develop more enduring, healthy habits in our lives. If you want to positively impact someone, say less and do more. Your inspiring words may pierce someone’s mind, but your consistent actions will penetrate their heart.
Titus 2:7 ESV: Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity