Watch this clip from Wizard of Oz…
Watching this classic as a child is much different than watching it now. After all these years why am I just catching the many innuendos’ like this one;
Dorothy asks, “How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?” The Scarecrow replies, “Some people without brains do an awful lot of talkin don’t they?”
Do you get it? Some people talk a lot about nothing, some people talk so much leaving no room for mutual conversation, and some talk without reference or fact rather, they discuss lots of their own opinions. And none of these require a brain full of wisdom. Admittedly, I’ve been each of these people but mostly opinionated. Seriously, I’m almost embarrassed thinking back to words I’ve used and way’s that I monopolized a conversation.
“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise” (Prov. 10:19 NIV)
Think of the most recent conversations you had with a friend, family member, coworker, etc. Now, determine who did most of the talking. Of course there are times where you just need to clear your mind and a friend to help carry your burdens. Then there are times where she needs that in you.
James says in chapter 1 verse 19 that Everyone should be quick to listen and slow to speak.
I think it’s important to be honest with our self and examine our motives for speaking at all. Also, what are we talking about? Things, people, money, goals, health, our needs, Christ, or our purpose?
Like I said before, I can easily dominate a conversation. I use to be quick to form an opinion and resolve if I had any interest in the person or not. Now, I’m better about listening but I’m still good at ending something and moving to the next. Hurt feelings or not, there are just some things that need attention and some that don’t. I’ve also learned that sometimes that person needs me and God is using me. After all, it’s not ALL ABOUT ME… right?
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14 NIV)