“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings; for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” 2 Tim. 2:16-17
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
From the moment my newborn head peeked out at the world around me, my mouth was open. I had arrived on planet earth and everyone in the hospital was aware of my presence. My mom was loudly introduced to the most vocal person in her clan of five children. Not much has changed from that moment—I still find no lack of words or opinions. Needless to say, my mouth has gotten me into a world of trouble and talked me out of much as well.
I am quite familiar with the damage that can be done by a mouth that has a quick draw. Unfortunately, my instincts are not as sharp as my tongue. Ever since I have discovered this verse, it has really made an impact on the way that I approach speaking to others and listening.
Not only did I read this verse; but I purposefully decided to put it into action. For one week, I tried my hardest to keep my mouth shut and I put a concentrated effort on listening instead of speaking. Boy, did I soak in a lot. Not only did I learn more about the people and needs of others around me, but I also noticed how much energy I wasted on senseless thoughts, conversations and words.
Life without a purpose is just an existence. In my pursuit of the higher life, I must embrace the wisdom that comes from silence. With time, I believe I will actually hear God’s voice of instruction more clearly than the annoying sound of my own!
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you again for the wonderful power of your word. I realize that I do not know much, and that is more apparent the quieter I become. Help me to shut my mouth and give me the ability and humility to allow others to speak. I really desire to be present for others, not only in person, but in my mind and heart as well. This cannot happen until I drop my pre-occupation with my own thoughts and emotions. Give me the compassion I need to reach out to others even when it is inconvenient, or uncomfortable for me. Help me to be engaged and to stay in the moment of my interactions with the people I encounter. This world is cold enough. It does not need another self-centered “Christian”. In Jesus’ name, I pray for your power and to be silent, present and unselfish, Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan