Sometimes You Should Just Shut-Up

02/25/2013

Sometimes You Should Just Shut-UpRecently I was reading a business book called “The Customer Rules.”  In the eighth chapter the author devotes a good amount of time explaining how to dress and how to act, but then a single sentence at the end of the chapter caught my attention.

“Professionals pay attention to what comes out of their mouth.”   – Lee Cockerell

It got me thinking about Christians though, not just professionals.  Now, this blog post could easily turn into one of those “Don’t curse, because God doesn’t like four letter words” post, but I wonder if God cares more about the content than the phrasing.  Perhaps it’s more important that we pay attention to make sure we aren’t tearing other down with our words.

I know that I personally always need the reminder to pay attention to what comes out of my mouth.  I need to focus on lifting other up, rather than tearing them down.  I need to make sure I’m not spreading gossip, or blasting someone behind their backs.  Despite that many in the church feel like complaining is their spiritual gift, it isn’t; it’s actually just them not paying attention to what comes out of their mouth.

Perhaps Cockerell’s quote could be tweaked to “Christians, pay attention to what comes out of your mouth.”

How do you deal with people who don’t know how to control their tongue?

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One response to Sometimes You Should Just Shut-Up

  1. The words that come out of our mouths are a reflection of the words we say to ourselves. Our inner dialogue has much to do with the people we are. I’m not sure I was taught the rules of self talk until my 30’s. Of course, being in the word and in prayer are good recipes for good inner dialogue. Still, it’s important to connect the dots. Stay thirsty my friend.