I’ve always been that way.
But one of the things I’m UnLearning during this transition phase of my life is that there are times to speak and times to SHUT UP. Much too often, I’ve let words escape from my mouth (heart) during moments of frustration that never EVER should have been uttered (or even muttered). Words are funny little things that – contrary to the age-old adage that they can “never hurt me” – often do much damage when used carelessly.
I love these two proverbs:
– “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent” (Proverbs 17:28)
– “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble” (Proverbs 21:23)
We’ll never be perfect… we all blow it from time to time and say things we regret later. James, the brother of Jesus, said, “If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way” (James 3:2). But for the very reason that we cannot control our mouths, we MUST BE THAT MUCH MORE INTENTIONAL in being careful of what we say… how we respond… how we act when angry or frustrated. We have to always remember that the tongue is small, but like “a tiny spark that can set a great forest on fire” (Jam. 3:5).
Oh, be careful little mouth what you say… 😉