A couple years ago, I had to meet with my boy’s teacher to discuss his behavior. Coming from the talkative loins of me, I shouldn’t have been surprised that he was having “talking” issues. So I gave him a “no words” challenge, where he would aspire to not ALWAYS have to say something just because someone else does. It means not having to justify, excuse, brag, boast, explain, defend, rationalize, pardon or interrupt just because you like to be heard or feel you should be. It means letting your response be silence to another’s noise. It means understanding that there are times when LESS is MORE with the mouth. It means knowing that God can speak through SILENCE as well as sound.  Proverbs 10:19 says, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”  Shy people have a big advantage with this, but for extroverts like me and my boy, it takes great discipline. I have learned to look at it this way…I would rather God invite me to speak up than others wish I would shut up. 🙂

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