I need to get back to blogging.
For me, I need it.
And the best way I know to break back in is to “free write” on a word prompt from Five Minute Friday.
So here I am, going to the website and getting the prompt word.
And I find… uh-oh… that it’s “speak.”
I don’t want to write about that word, but I have punched my five minute timer and I am writing anyway. I don’t want to write about it because it has been such a wrenching riddle to me: when to speak, and when to remain silent. Who to speak to and who to be very careful not to.
The power of death and life is in the tongue. That’s what Proverbs’ wisdom says, as does James in his epistle, warning about the power of the tongue. And many/most, maybe all of us need to be much more careful about speaking than we are. So much evil, so much harm can come from hateful and thoughtless or contrived and cunning words.
And then there’s another hazard of talk:
“Loose lips sink ships,” said the WWII motto.
And I once came up with a corollary to that, which I can’t even remember now, but probably will after this free write, about the massive damage giving away secret information to the enemy can cause…
[Got it, after the fact: “Loose tweets sink fleets!” And you can tweet this, if you like!]
The thing is, we can’t always readily identify the enemy. Of course they’re out there, able to read Twitter feed, but they may also be living right next to us. They may be sitting in the pew next to us. They may even be sleeping in our home with us. But we don’t want to believe that; so we can get very careless, and unwittingly blab whatever we think we know when it’s best some toxic people don’t hear it, and seize our “information” to hurt someone else, or even ourselves.
So keeping mum can be vital. Some talk can make certain people unsafe.
On the other hand, some secrets kept silent keep some people unsafe. Some silence hides serious harm, deep wounds, hidden abuse, and destruction of hearts and souls.
When to keep silent and when to speak? So hard to know. Listening first, as James advises, seems crucial, and I believe he means listening to God foremost, as I pay attention to his words’ context.
So I am listening and considering. Then, perhaps I’ll be speaking…
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