THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

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“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”    Plato

I may regret writing this post.  I may say something that will be misinterpreted or come off as holier than thou.  I may appear pompous or just plain ignorant, depending on how you think.  The truth is most of us have said something which has hurt another – led them astray – caused them to second guess themselves – cut them like a knife.  Our intentions were not to do any of that, but when we put our words out there, without thinking first, we’re setting ourselves up for a fall.

People in the public eye are often in situations where they feel the need to address something they feel strongly about.  They have a captive audience after all.  The movie stars who use an awards ceremony to state their personal opinions, are a good example of this.  I’m not saying this is exclusive to public figures.  It’s something that’s become a way of life lately.

Our kids slam other kids.  Our teachers, in frustration, might say something that inhibits a child’s growth in a certain area.  Parents are not immune.  Couples argue.  Doctors don’t always use a good bedside manner.  In the heat of a moment, we’ve all been guilty of things we shouldn’t say.  That doesn’t excuse any of it.

Thhe tongue, when not controlled, can become deadly.  Bullying in our schools as well as the work place is on the rise, even though steps have been taken to put a lid on it.  Are we not teaching our children to care about others and their feelings? Are we depending on social media to raise them?  Are we becoming numb as a whole, because everyone else is doing it?  Are we simply becoming unfeeling, uncaring, selfish human beings?

It seems to me that any kind of degeneration in a civilization takes place slowly.  Now we are faced with a problem that’s been growing over decades.  Unfortunately this age of technology feeds it.  As this uncaring nature devolves, it eventually molds us into thinking it’s normal.

I’m sick of people bashing my president.  I’m weary of our nation taking a hit by its own people. I’m disgusted when I see people I admire on the big screen, come out and use every opportunity to speak their piece.   They never stop to think how their influence will affect someone else’s thinking.  I’m also fed up with those who will not accept that our president was duly elected by the people of the United States.  They use social media to voice their hatred and disdain.  The public forum has gotten too big and now our words can go viral in a second.  That is precisely why we need to be more thoughtful in our speech.  We have the right to voice our opinion, but not to use every opportunity to spew hatred.

Not one of us is perfect in this area.  Sometimes we do it with the spoken word, the written word, our influence, our status.  The point is, we all do it.  We speak before we think.  The movie stars, the journalists, the politicians, those in power positions and all the rest of society,  need to put ourselves on the back burner and concentrate on what effect our words are having.

We’ve been blessed with the right to express our opinions, but even then, we need to be careful how we express them.  If our speech is negative, we need to shut up and listen instead.  Maybe we do that anyway.

 

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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9 Responses to THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

  1. DeniseBalog says:

    Excellent post and thank you for speaking positive words to build up and not tear down. “Power of life and death are in the tongue” Proverbs and I too am tired of the bashing of the Country many fought and died to make and keep free. The cost of our words is high on that we would weigh them as gold and use them to bless instead of curse. Blessings to you this fine June day 🙂

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thank you, Denise. Words should always be used to build up rather than tear down. Too much negativity out there today. Hope you enjoy this lovely Friday as well.

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  2. Mother Hen says:

    I am in agreement about words. Unfortunately not all that speak much, have been forthright with their words. I have often cringed at what I have heard. And to think that my grandchildren have possibly heard the same, makes this grandmother feel disappointed. We need to be role models, people of integrity, truthful, and be a reflection of whom we serve. May how we live our lives be pleasing to our Lord.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Amen my friend. Words are powerful and if used properly they can encourage, support and inspire. When they are used to cut down they can hurt to the core.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    Your words are what I have the hardest time with. I don’t bash the president, but I often say something without thinking. Thanks.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      We all do. It’s part of our sinful nature. I hate technology for that reason. Once the words are published it’s too late to take them back.

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  4. Great post. I wholeheartedly agree!!!!

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  5. Salvageable says:

    Amen to all of that! J.

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