Shut Up



SHUT.   UP.           Yes, you.          STOP TALKING.

I know, I know.   That seems like an odd thing for a pastor to say.

Well, I’m not a typical pastor.

And honestly, an opening line and title screaming SHUT UP is mostly designed to get your attention. It’s marketing, for lack of a better word.

And now you’re reading this, so it seems it worked.

Although you might think I was screaming SHUT UP to you, I might as well be talking to myself.   Because I have, upon occasion, been not unfairly accused of enjoying the sounds of my own voice.

Despite occasionally having diarrhea of the mouth, there is a wonderful quote I have always liked that is often attributed to President Abraham Lincoln, though I couldn’t find a clear and credible source verifying he said such a thing.

I paraphrase it this way: “Better to shut up and have everyone assume you are a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

As funny as I think that is, I also think there is a wonderfully wise message contained therein.   And that is very simply, we often do better by listening than by talking.

We can show people we care by simply listening to them.

We don’t have to have something witty to say in return; we don’t have to be able to solve whatever problem we are hearing about.

Just listen.

Take a few minutes and listen.

You’ll be amazed at not only what you learn, but how you can better connect with people.

Scripture link:  Proverbs 17:28  (Amazing, huh?  Yea, it’s in the bible.)
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