Three kids were bragging on their fathers. The first one said, "my dad is so smart he can talk for one hour on any subject". The second one said, "my dad is so smart he can can talk for two hours on any subject". The third one said, "my dad is so smart he can talk for three hours and doesn't have to know what he's talking about".
It certainly is true, that it's not so much how much we say, but what we say that's important. The writer of Proverbs says, "when there are many words, transgressions is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:19). Putting the brain in gear before putting the mouth in motion is good advice. Some gathering of facts, reflection, counsel and prayer would do us all a world of good before giving someone a piece of our mind. The apostle Paul said, "let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person" (Colossians 4:6). Upon reflection of the unwise use of our words some of us remember that mom once told us that, "a knot in the tongue is worth two on the head".
God gave us two ears and one mouth perhaps an indication that we should listen twice as much as we speak. Well, I have probaly said enough! So let me close with this scripture, let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger" (James 1:19).
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