At a recent staff meeting, a colleague of mine raised her hand to answer a question from administration. The problem is that two people before her gave the exact same answer! As a teacher, I’ve noticed that my students are more and more talkative, yet have nothing new to contribute. I.e. They do this exact same thing X10! Thus, we are working specifically on adding value to the conversation, which involves listening to those who speak before you. BUT…I want to take that a step further! I don’t want to just add value, I want to add God’s value. Thus, my challenge for you today is to be a disciple in everyday conversations. 🙂
Are you adding value to the conversation?
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29
If I ask you whether you are living up to this verse, what would you say? I’m going to guess something along the lines of, “Well, it depends on the topic, who I am with, etc…” Am I right?! I am in that same boat, too!
Sometimes I just need to vent. And, during those vent sessions someone or something ALWAYS gets torn down, not built up.
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. – Proverbs 18:2
Unfortunately for us, God wants us to live a life like Christ, a life that allows us to show His light. In order to show His light to the world, we need to be sure that we are following His example.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45
So, can I be a disciple in everyday conversations easily?
YES! It’s as simple as this:
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. – Exodus 14:14
Can you hold your tongue long enough for your Lord to fight for you? When put in this perspective, I think I can hold my tongue for longer than I had ever dreamed.
Remember the saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”? Maybe we should bring that back and start to truly live it again, because God is at the root of that phrase.
And, maybe, just maybe, one conversation at a time, we can bring more of God’s light into the world.
Your Challenge: Keep quiet during conversations unless you can add value to it.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. - Proverbs 17:28 Click To Tweet
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