This Will Be a Short Article

The old adage was started a long time ago and has since been attributed to many, including Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Mark Twain—“It’s better to be thought a fool and than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

Honestly, the Bible says it better— “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise. When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent” (Prov 17.28).

The book of Proverbs is full of wise sayings about the use of words, the mouth, and how to speak with wisdom. Nearly every time I open its pages, I realize some other way I have crammed my foot in my mouth where it doesn’t belong. I think we’re all a little guiltier than we would like to admit.

We might have spoken carelessly out of anger or frustration.

We might have promised something we were unable to fulfill.

We might have shouted words that our culture has identified as not matching our professed faith.

We might have gotten involved in story-telling, whether true or not, that made others look bad.

We might have made accusations that were unfounded because we were “sure” we were correct.

So this is why this will be a short article. To reword the proverb, when it comes to talking, less is more. So this article will be a little less than normal.