Tuesday, April 21, 2009
There are some lessons I learn quickly. A word fitly spoken and I manage to incorporate the lesson into my life.
On the other hand, there are some lessons that seem to be a life-long struggle to master. In my case, talking is one of them. If I go back and look at old notebooks where I've written verses that I want to impact my life - those with reference to "the tongue" are very prominent. I think I've made a bit of progress, but all too often it is my tongue that gets me into trouble. I tend to engage it before my brain has gotten into gear. Sigh....I have spent many a sleepless night playing foolish conversations over and over again in my mind, wishing fervently that I could take back my words.
The Lord is so patient with this slow learner. A few years ago, with the wonderful humor He often uses, He gave me a verse in Proverbs. It has saved me from a few sleepless nights. I haven't perfected the art of listening more and speaking less, but this verse is a great inspiration:
"Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut they seem intelligent."
I've underlined it and highlighted it in my Bible. I'm all for not looking like a fool if I can possibly help it :-).