Walking versus talking

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

There's an old expression that describes the difference between "walking the walk" versus "talking the talk." When one walks the walk, they are simply doing what needs to be done without hoopla or fuss. Those that talk the talk don't actually accomplish anything, but they would like you to believe that they have done much.

This expression has much truth in many aspects of life, but we were struck by a stark example this week.

At the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, Mike and Cheryl Wells were named 2008 Citizens of the Year. The couple have been quietly walking the walk in many aspects of their life, from their marriage to their faith. Their frank discussion about their own marriage, divorce and remarriage when accepting the award illustrates how simply and beautifully faith can work.

With little fanfare or fuss, the couple has established a ministry in Le Mars and have set about helping others. A prime tenant of faith is treating others the way you would want to be treated.

Walking the walk.

Contrast that with our neighbors to the south in Sioux City. On Monday night, their city council spent two and a half hours debating a proposal to reaffirm existing state law, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. On a 3-2 vote, the council approved the measure, which is, in essence, meaningless.

Talking the talk.

What's next? Voting on a measure affirming the speed limit on the interstate? All that Monday night's discussion and vote did was rile people up and give politicians a chance to go on the record as being opposed to any marriage that is not the union of one man and one woman.

By not voting on a measure to affirm support of the speed limit on the interstate, does that mean the council is opposed to the speed limit?

Can you see the difference?

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wells on being named 2008 Citizens of the Year.

Keep on walking the walk.