One of my favorite journalists, Charles Krauthammer in his book, Things That Matter writes, “Know what they do and judge them by their works. I don’t really care about what a public figure thinks, I care about what he does. Let God probe his inner heart, tell me about his outer acts.”
I’m amazed that people so often determine what a person is thinking or so they think. How can we accurately assess the thoughts running through someone else’s brain? I have a hard enough time with my own. But, does it really matter what someone is thinking? Isn’t it more important to judge a person by their actions?
When someone exhibits the same behaviors over and over, it’s a good indicator of how they think or who they are. There are 4 ways to analyze the “currencies” of what people value. The most powerful one is observing their actions. A person may not tell you they value recognition, but they can’t hide it. Every pore in their body oozes “look at me, look at me.”
As Mr. Krauthammer espouses, “Let God probe his inner heart, tell me about his outer acts.”