Book: Proverbs 29
“There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.”
I hate to think of the many times I have stuck my foot (sometimes both feet) into my mouth because I didn’t first stop and think through what I was going to say. I have looked pretty foolish. This proverb reminds us to think before we speak.
There are times when it is appropriate to talk about a particular subject, idea or thought with a group but in another setting with a totally different group of people it wouldn’t be wise to bring up that same thing. Taking a moment to first evaluate the listener and where they are coming from can save many heart aches. There may be one group of people in which a discussion on political issues might be a positive and learning experience while another group would just cause tension and strife. When I was growing up we would sometimes have some great political discussions even when we didn’t all agree with each other. It was a safe and healthy environment. Today, I would not even consider writing any kind of political statement or join into any political discussion on facebook or any other social media. To me, it would be foolish to do so.
When we stop and think about what we are going to say, we can ask questions like: 1) How will this be received? 2) Is this the best time to say what needs to be said? 3) Is this what the person needs to hear? 4) Will what I say be what God wants me to say at this time? The wise think things through before they speak. Taking the extra few seconds before speaking allows our mind to do a quick check to keep us from looking and speaking foolishness.
How can you be wiser in your speaking? What tools or questions do you use to help you think before you speak?