Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are just not sure whether to speak or not to speak? That is the question!
When I used to commute to NYC on the train, sometimes for no particular reason I found myself aware of a particular person in the crowd. I wasn't sure if God wanted me to speak with that person. I'd get all clammy and nervous just thinking about it.
Other times, in the middle of a conversation, I'd wonder if the time was right to share, if the person was open, if I could or should speak up.
So I memorized two Scripture verses to lead me when this situation arises:
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Col. 4:6
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Even a fool when he keeps silent is considered wise. Prov. 17:28
(like another well-known quote: "Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." lol)
If I sense someone in the crowd, or find myself engaged in conversation unsure what to say, I pray an instant little prayer asking God to reveal His will. One of the two scripture verses will come to mind, and I respond with a second prayer accordingly.
This works well two ways. I know what to do and I have confidence about it.
- If it is the Colossians verse, I ask the Lord for the gracefilled words to share. And I'm able to speak with the confidence that comes from knowing that I'm in His will.
- If the Proverbs verse appears in my mind, I send up a prayer FOR that person but keep my thoughts to myself with the confidence that it's A-OK to keep silent at this time.
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Knowing when to be silent is as important as knowing what to say.
These two Scriptures verses hidden in my heart help me know when to be silent or what to say.
Have you been in this situation? I hope this tip helps you! If so, let me know ;D