You never know where your inspiration for a post might come from. Mine today came as I passed by a church near my house. I am sometimes offended by some of the signs I see in church yards. You know the ones I am talking about. Messages like ‘turn or burn’, ‘eternity- smoking or non-smoking’. These type of church sign messages offend me because they take things like someone’s eternal destination and make a joke of it. They are highly insensitive.
Today, however; the sign caught my attention with an eye opening statement. The sign read as follows:
Wisdom is :
(1) Having a lot to say
(2) Not Saying It
This might not strike you as so amazing of a statement. But it was for me. Anyone who knows me knows that I always have an answer. I too often pride myself in ‘knowing what to say and do’. I offer words of ‘wisdom’ quite freely. Maybe too freely sometimes.
This sign that I read while going about 45 miles per hour seemed to freeze in my line of vision. I may pride myself in being a logical person. I size up a situation and often think I have the prescription for exactly what needs to be said and done. But for some reason that sign challenged me with the idea that maybe I need to just be quiet sometimes.
Sometimes wisdom says just listen. You have to fight that analytical side of yourself that wants to offer that poignant advice. We need to learn to distinguish between a friend’s need to vent and a true plea for advice. And if it is for advice, then seek God’s wisdom before you speak. Do not lean on your own understanding but on His. We are too often fueled by emotions or are attempting to be conciliatory or are tempted to try and ‘fix’ something.
So for my friends out there who love me and know that I love them, I apologize for those times when I run my mouth too much.
When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19