Less Words

When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise.
-Proverbs 10:19

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You can not think and talk at the same time.  We think and then speak.  If someone continues to talk, without thinking, their words are hollow and shallow; not thoughtful.

When you talk, before thinking, before weighing your words, without consideration; you are in danger of being in deception; a deceiver who deceives and propagates deception.  Over-talkers  who are under-thinkers are time wasting stinkers.

Talk without thought is just opinion or gossip.  Much of the time, we just gossip and give opinions.  Thoughtful talk is when we talk about divine principles or the Divine and our lives.

Here are a few examples of thoughtful topics that relate to divine principles:

  • God is love, and how that impacts my life, today.
  • Jesus loves me this I know, or that I don't really know Jesus' love, today.
  • What I am afraid of, today.
  • What I hope for, today.
  • My anger and my forgiveness, today.
  • God's revelation of who he is to me, today.

What if people did not need to give their opinion or gossip so much in conversation?
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What if we all talked less and listened more?

What if we left room for others to talk and for God to move, rather than having to compete or control?

What if we did not need to be the answer person, but instead helped others learn what the answers are and admitted that you don't know everything?

What if we chose not to think about what we are going to say next, while the other person is speaking?

What if we just listen, as an act of love, and make sure we do our best to get it, before we share respond?


The Homilist; or, The pulpit for the people, conducted by D. Thomas. Vol. 1; p 226