Choices Challenge #1: Making the Choice to Be Silent

“Holy Cow!!!” I  screamed as I swayed down the road in a near tornado this morning on my way to Wal-Mart. My heart raced as if i was running a 5k and I was nearing the end of mile one. I was completely consumed with worry as I neared my children to safety and tried to look totally calm so that they wouldn’t totally loose it before we got there. Thank God that the employees at the door were gracious and ushered us to their tornado safe zone in the back of the store. While all of us sat in silence in the store room waiting for the storm to pass, my mind could only focus on what it was going to look like on the other end of the storm. But in that silence I could rest a bit, knowing that I didn’t have to leave that place of waiting until it was safe to step out.

This morning’s trauma was great material for the start of the challenge that we are going to embark on for the next 14 days. Today’s challenge, “Making the Choice to be Silent” could quite well be one of the most difficult choices to make. Especially for someone like me who has opinions on just about everything and loves dialogue. Humans love to be heard. Particularly when they feel offended, under-minded, challenged or ignored.  So today we are going to make the choice to reserve our opinions and statements, and stand in waiting until it is safe to step out.

“Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.” Proverbs 10:19-21

Holding on to silence when your flesh wants to have its way will keep us from sin. Not letting your opinion be known is sometimes exactly what the conversation needs. Not allowing your flesh’s desire to gossip surface is sometimes all it takes to stop a rumor. And waiting on the Lord to avenge you is much safer than letting the sword in your mouth have its way. There will always be less casualties when someone chooses silence. Today I encourage you to bless those around you with silence and watch how much you learn about yourself. If it gets hard to just keep your mouth closed, pinch your lips closed with your fingers and just nod your head up and down so that they know that you are listening. It works every time! See you for tomorrows challenge!

Good luck!

-J.E. Berry


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