Sometimes things are said to us, or even written on blogs, which hurt, or confuse, or otherwise bother us…..I wrote a Devotion which I delivered this week and thought I’d share a bit of it with you all. My devotion included questions……
If I respond to something that’s thrown out at me….if I say something…
-Is this going to elevate anybody or any situation?
-Might this hurt someone, tear them down, make them feel insecure to speak in the future?
-Does it add to a conversation in a beneficial way?
– Is it kind? Does it lift and lighten a person, situation, or group of people, or does this criticism just cast doubts and contribute to possible trouble?
-Will it help?
–Is it just plain gossip?
–Is saying something only going to relieve my frustration?
We all can benefit from keeping a few of those questions in our hearts and minds when we’re considering saying what ‘something’ is telling us not to say! These questions and my Devotion came from a prayer I’d heard which included “Who will know when to say nothing at all?” That caught my attention because one of my favorite verses is “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141: 3
Of course, nobody’s suggesting we don’t speak when things need explanation or clarification or something’s hurt us, but I’d like us not to deal with that today; I know there are all kinds of arguments to be made for when TO speak. Something we don’t often consider is that recognizing when saying nothing at ALL might be the best BLESSING of ALL.
I watched some of Eric Clapton at Royal Albert Hall on PBS last night and had to search out the YouTube videos because it was FABULOUS; My little Sunday gift to you…..