Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On Passionate Writing: Conversation

The real art of conversation
is not only to say the right thing at the right time,
but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing
at the tempting moment.

How true!

It's so easy to say what we think--or not think.
Those of us who are "chatter boxes," rattle on and on,
sometimes not realizing how boring, how irritating
our constant speech
about our life, our problems, our ideas
can be.

Sometimes we say hurtful things, meaning to
or not.
But is it because we talk too much?
Is it because we're too thoughtless?

When someone insults us
or cuts us off
or betrays us
or whatever.

How do we respond?
How do we react?

Prayer is the key.
Ask God to guard our lips and our tongue.
To say only what he would have us to say

It could possibly be the hardest thing we've been called to do.
The Bible cautions us to guard our tongue.
To not wound
To keep the peace
To encourage
To uplift.

In so doing, we've climbed that ladder to heaven
just a bit higher!



Sherry Carter said...

This "chatter-box" got a bit of a hand-slap from your words. Thank you!!

Caroline said...

Slapped by own hand a bit too, friend Sherry! :)

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