You remember the other day when I was talking about how I think sometimes itâ€™s good to point out that something is aÂ big, fat, yucky lie? Well I was mulling over another one I thought Iâ€™d share with you. Please let me know what you think.
Someone once told me … like ages and ages ago … that youâ€™ll regret the things you donâ€™t say more than the things you do. Is that just something someone once told me, or is that a common statement? Please tell me if youâ€™ve heard it or not, seriously. I was just thinking about it as I was reading in Proverbs this morning…maybe I made it up. Anyway, Proverbs 17:27 says,
“He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”
Lately Iâ€™ve found myself occasionally having not such a calm spirit. Wanting to do a jump-up-and-down-frustrated-groaning-grumpy-dance when a simple task is getting the better of me or something isnâ€™t as easy as I want it to be. But on the adverse, Iâ€™m glad to say I have been doing a better job of keeping my tongue and thinking about the things I want to say. Feel free to send me a virtual pat on the back.
The truth is, I can think of a lot of things Iâ€™ve said that I regret saying, but there arenâ€™t as many things that Iâ€™ve left unsaid that I wish I had. Maybe thatâ€™s just because I talk a lot. Itâ€™s an interesting balance I suppose, and you might find yourself in a different position. But perhaps because itâ€™s the holidays, and sometimes your family can bring out the â€˜old manâ€™ like nobody else… or because somebody might grab that last thing off the shelf you were hoping for or slip into the parking space you were gunning for… or you find yourself with a string of lights already on the tree and out of order, take a moment to remember that â€œHe who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.â€ Take that extra moment to think about what’s going to come out of your mouth, and how you’re going to react if the mistletoe falls too far from the tree. And seize the opportunity to let love and peace season your words and deeds.
The Sermon in a Nutshell: Relax and enjoy the holidays! If that means holding your tongue here and there, praise the Lord whoâ€™s increasing your knowledge and understanding!