What I Learned From Being Quiet

A few years ago, I found this acrostic on Pinterest: “Before you speak, THINK: is it True, Helpful, Important, Necessary, or Kind?” There is wisdom in choosing our words with greater care.

The following is an excellent article from a fellow blogger on being more purposeful in our everyday speech. I would add that we need to also be careful in what we “say” with our keyboards!


Samaritan's Song

I am in the middle of a ten-day “word fast” – fasting from certain kinds of speaking for the length of ten days.  The idea came from the appropriately-named Ten-Day Word Fast available for the Bible app on my phone, and the premise is simple: abstain from complaining, criticism, judgments, sarcasm, and gossip for ten days.

There’s a little more to the fast than that, and the definition of the words are carefully drawn out (i.e. “criticism” as it’s used here is made distinct from authentic and honest admonishment given in love).  But I’ve been working with the first two so far (complaining and criticism) and not complaining or being critical has taught me a lot.

Most importantly, what it’s taught me is this: I often complain and am critical to avoid being direct.

If I have a bad day, for example, I have a tendency to complain about it:…

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7 thoughts on “What I Learned From Being Quiet

  1. goodmorningmumblog February 24, 2017 / 06:40

    Have been struggling with judgmental speech and how to address it in my current Bible study group… this is, just as God intended, perfectly timed for me. Thanks for passing this on. 🙏🏼

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    • Elihu February 24, 2017 / 06:58

      I am so glad you found this helpful! May the Lord bless you in your continued efforts to serve Him. 😊

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    • Elihu February 24, 2017 / 10:47

      Yes! It made me want to put tape on my mouth… I tend to speak too quickly about all the wrong things.

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    • Elihu February 24, 2017 / 13:48

      It looks like a good book!


  2. marijo1245 February 25, 2017 / 15:07

    Thank you for sharing this!! Words for thought!

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