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.”

Proverbs 10:19

“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”

Proverbs 13:3

“The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”

Proverbs 15:28

And that’s just a small sample of everything Proverbs says about words! Smile 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!

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