January 3, 2016

Too Much Talkin’

I did it again last week.

I atually do it all the time.

I was at my office and in a conversation with a co-worker.  I cut them off so I could say what I wanted to say, not allowing them time to even finish their sentence.  I felt the need to interrupt them so that I could speak, as if my words were more important than the words they were in the middle of speaking.

I actually have always had this problem.

I talk too much.

For those that know me well, they know I am prone to long explanations and lengthy verbal replies.  My family in particular gets many of these type responses (my poor family!). When I study the Bible or I am doing any type of Bible reading, I usually brush over the numerous verses that talk about this topic.  This verse below though has become one of my favorites as it relates to this:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 (NIV)

Many take this verse from James and focus on the last part of it, about keeping your cool and not blowing your top.  But A Real Christian Businessman looks at the first two parts to this verse equally or even more importantly than the last – listening and speaking.

We all need encouragement to be good listeners, and to choose wisely when we should speak.  This verse was actually written as an encouragement; to be used as guidance as to what actions we should take in the marketplace as businessmen and as leaders in our homes.

I challenge you to take this verse with you into the New Year.  Try committing it to memory.  The results of doing this will surprise you.

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2 Comments on “Too Much Talkin’

Brad Poel
January 16, 2016 at 6:47 am

Great reminder, Don! That verse has always spoke to me as a parent. And while I feel like I’m a good listener, generally, I’m often quick to speak–I cut off my kids during the middle of parental correction when I get tired of their excuses and have heard enough. This exasperates them, and they don’t feel like they’re being heard. I pray I can do better at being ‘slow to speak’. I may not agree with my kids sometimes, but I can still validate them by letting them speak. Being quick to listen and slow to speak go hand in hand, for sure.

January 16, 2016 at 7:46 am

Amen to that brother! I continue to pray this verse daily!


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