Plain Talk 4-17

By Frank Risper 

Have you ever heard the saying silence is golden?
     What does that mean to you?   Could it mean that being quiet sometimes is a good thing?  It is something to think about.  For me, being quiet is not a hard thing to do,  I enjoy listening.
     For some, it is more of a challenge and I guess that is all right, too.  God made us all a little different.  I guess my main point is we should learn the art of knowing when to speak, and when to be silent and listen.
     I understand the power of the tongue and how it can be sharper than a double-edged sword.
     Remember, it is all about the word.  Words started everything.     In Genesis 1:3  in the Quest Study Bible, it states:  “And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.”    In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over
the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over
all the Earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
     So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him:  God worked for six days, speaking into being the heavens and the earth, light, and man and woman.
     On the seventh day, He was silent.
     Now it is true that God is our example of how we should conduct ourselves, but that does not mean that we should run our mouths for six days straight.  The point is, we should learn when to talk and when to be silent.
     Remember, God made us in his image.  That means that we have power in our words.
     Did you not know that every time we open our mouths, we release a powerful energy?  If we could learn to hold onto that energy, it could be used to nurture our dreams, heal our bodies and fuel our minds.  But no, we sometimes just have to run our mouths because we have so much to say — right?
     Talking too much can take us off the track, knock us off center and kill off our dreams when we speak mindlessly.  Talking is something we must learn to use, not something we must always do.  There is power in silence that energizes the mind, body and soul.
    You experience a certain type of silence.  Think about babies in the womb.  Perfect timing, order and completion accomplished in total silence.
     Silence is an art to be mastered.  Silence is a tool of the wise.  When we perfect the art of silence, chances are that we will get a lot more done in life.
     Show respect for the power of your words in doing so you show respect for yourself.  Remember to trust in God only, keep the faith and seek after a pure heart.