“Observe the people who always talk before they think— even simpletons are better off than they are.” Proverbs 29:20
Yesterday I was reminded that sometimes I need to batten down the tongue until my thoughts can catch up. I’ve always said one of my strengths is my ability to communicate and one of my weakest is that I communicate too much or fail to think first before speaking. I become excited about something and just have to share. However, if you tell me you’ll cut my tongue out if I share something confidential, I can do that, too.
Communication is an art developed early in our lives to say what we think, convey what we want, or acknowledge what we’ve heard. Ghandi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” I keep a statue in my office of the three monkeys–no see, no hear, and no speak–to remind me of the importance of communication. Yet, when engaged in lively conversation, I find it difficult to think faster than I speak.
Communication is an art developed early in our lives to say what we think, convey what we want, or acknowledge what we’ve heard. Blogger Jim Rohn wrote about communication, “It’s as though we start with a giant blank canvas and we then begin to paint a picture, any picture we desire.” However, when an artist is unsatisfied with his or her creation, it can be scrapped by brushing a layer of paint over the original piece. A comment made can’t be brushed over.
Lord, seal my lips until my thoughts are satisfactory to you. Amen.