The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. Proverbs 10:19 (TM)
I like to talk. I’m good at it. Nevertheless, the older I get the more I realize how important it is to measure my words.
- When my children were young I could say foolish things and it would usually fly right over their heads. They are now teen-agers and catch every word I say.
- When I was an employee I could talk about work and my company and no one really paid much attention. Now that I’m a business owner, I realize that those who work for me pay close attention to what I say and weigh every word and the motivations behind them.
- When I was young I could spout off at the mouth and it could be dismissed as youth and immaturity. Now that I’m in positions of authority (at home, at work, at church, in the community) any idle word can come back to haunt me and erode my witness.
I think James 1:19 is a great addition to today’s verse: "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry".
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