Speak Seldom and Be Wise

by Stan Mitchell
cattleman1.jpgMy grandfather, Ross Taylor, was a rancher in northeastern Oklahoma. He loved his horses and cattle, and he liked nothing better than to be in the saddle, riding across the wooded, hilly country between Vinita and Bartlesville.
He spoke about as many words as the cattle he tended. However, his wife, my grandmother, chattered endlessly. But when granddad did say something, everyone listened. Even grandma. We asked her why. She said, “Well, he took a long time thinking before he said it!”
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is deemed intelligent,” (Proverbs 17:28, ESV).
Author Sam Levinson once said: “It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say, and don’t say it!” Or, as a modern proverb puts it: “It is better to be silent and let people wonder if you are a fool than to open your mouth, and remove all doubt.”
Be wise. Be quiet. Speak when it matters, and only after you have thought it through.

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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