I met with my kid’s teacher last week to discuss his recent behavior. Beings that he came from the loins of me, I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that he was having some “talking” issues: talking too much, interrupting others, interrupting the teacher, and so on. So I sat him down and gave him the “no words challenge.”  The challenge is to NOT have to say something just because somebody else does. It means not having to justify, excuse, brag, boast, explain, defend, rationalize, pardon or interrupt just because you like to be heard. It means letting your response sometimes be silence to another’s noise.  It means understanding that there are times when LESS is MORE with the tongue. That God can speak through our SILENCE as well as our WORDS. And as all of this percolated in my head and regurgitated itself in bite-size pieces to my kid, I realized I was learning something too. (God’s good like that, eh?) I’m not sure if you have an issue with this, but maybe you know someone who does. I’ll end with this GREAT bible verse that I put to memory & taped to my steering wheel several years ago, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19.

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