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Be Quiet

Shhhhhhh
We have to know when to speak and when to remain silent.

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent" (Proverbs 17:27/28).

Part of the challenge I've had with many of the students I've taught over the years has been getting them to understand that there are times when they must remain silent even when they want to speak. And that they must refrain from blowing up when they find themselves angry or when they feel backed against a wall. I see much of my younger self in them and that is part of the reason I'm so passionate about getting them to change. It's a long and arduous process and sometimes I feel like I'm not making any headway. Yet, I'll never give up on telling them some of the things they may not hear anywhere else.

The scripture above is timely, because it speaks to such an issue. It's about remaining calm, cool, and collected under pressure -- something I have had to learn in my life. The school of hard knocks helped teach me that refraining from speaking from a position of stupidity, impatience, or lack of knowledge, is considered wise and intelligent. How about yourself? Is this an area of your life you've struggled with? If so, Proverbs 17 may be helpful to you too.
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