Think Before You Speak

This verse popped out at me today as I read through Proverbs 10.  It’s a good little reminder.

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.  Proverbs 10:19

Have you ever just wanted to “Open Mouth, Insert Foot”?  I have, more times than I care to admit.   So many times I say things without really thinking them through and always wish I had kept my mouth shut.  This verse reminds us to think before we speak.  Also, it suggests when we talk more than we listen, we give ourselves more opportunity to say something we shouldn’t.

My husband is so good at this.  To those who don’t know him well, he’s the “strong, silent type.”  His pregnant pauses before a prayer while he prepares in his mind what he’s going to say are almost uncomfortable.  He rarely speaks without thinking, which sometimes causes frustration with his less-than-perfect wife who does so frequently.  *Ahem*.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  That sounds a bit familiar.  Do you think Old Abe read the Proverbs?

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2 Responses to Think Before You Speak

  1. Liz Lacy March 10, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    I just recently came across your blog. I am so enjoying reading through the Proverbs and today’s was especially good for me. I myself have the problem of speaking and then thinking, Oh man why did I say that. I have a daughter like me, this one is going up on our memory verse board so we can get into our hears. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am looking forward to reading more and thinking on what you share.

    • Laura March 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks for taking the time to let me know my thoughts were helpful!

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