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Better not to say anything at all unless we really plan to follow through. (Pexels)

We hear it all the time: "Words matter." And of course, that's true. But so do actions.

Andrew Carnegie put it like this, "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."

It's hard to trust someone who consistently doesn't follow through on what they say. 

So better not to say anything at all unless we really plan to follow through. Proverbs 10:19 says, "In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise."

Whether we're a husband, father, boss, laborer, pastor, teacher, coach or political leader, the words that matter most are the ones we back up with actions. 

Reputations rise and fall on whether or not we "keep" or words. As Elvis Presley pleaded, "A little less conversation, a little more action please."

Patrick Morley is the founder of Man in the Mirror Ministries.

This article originally appeared at patrickmorley.com.

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