It is not what we do that determines who we are. It is who we are that determines what we do. (Charles Ryrie, professor and author)

The saying “What you do speaks so loud, I can’t hear what you say” suggests that actions speak louder than words. As Ryrie says, it’s a person’s character and integrity that ought to guide his or her behavior. What you do is important, of course, but what you are is essential. Our reputation should be reflected in activity that is wholesome and beneficial to our community.

Be careful to live properly among your . . . neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God . . .” (1 Peter 2:12).