Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives,
but whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined.
Talking too much leads to all kinds of problems.
But if the gates are well guarded, the city is safe.
It’s ok to open your mouth, but to let everything out is quite risky.
To keep a strong bridle on the tongue and a strict hand on that bridle is to keep oneself from much grief and many bitter reflections.
“How much more do we have to repent of by our speaking than by our silence!” said preacher and theologian Charles Bridges in his excellent nineteenth century exposition of Proverbs.
I also highly recommend cementing this truth in your heart by listening often to the Run DMC classic “You Talk Too Much.”
“He isn’t here!”
How often we look for Jesus in the things that cannot contain Him.
He’s not in a book or church (tho in His omnipresence He is), or even in a daily email, for those are just means to an end. He, the person, is always the end. No thing can hold Him, yet there are many catalysts.
There are many things and people that you could say are “where God happens.”
The Christian life is not a conjuring up of something, but rather
an awakening and tuning in to what already is. Our life is to be a
seeking of Him via the catalysts that He has provided, remembering
that the catalysts themselves are not Him.
We awaken to awareness of His presence that always is, and our duty is to be a catalyst ourselves, awakening others to the presence of God working in their lives.