The Virtue of Silence (or, Laurie and her Big Fat Mouth)
I have a bad habit of putting my foot in my mouth. I think we’ve all struggled with that at times—when you suddenly have the irresistible urge to insert your very important opinion into a conversation. After you’ve said it, you realize you never should have opened your mouth.
I’ve had a few instances of that in the past months. I say something, and spend the rest of the day thinking how much better my life would be if I would just KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT.
Proverbs has a lot to say about this, I’ve discovered..it’s a veritable treasure trove of instructions on “D.I.Y. Mouth Shutting.” I did a quick search for a few verses on the subject, and here’s a couple I found:
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”
“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”
“The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”
And that’s just a small sample of everything Proverbs says about words! So, today, I’m going to work on keeping my mouth shut and thinking before I speak (what a novel idea).
Have a blessed day!