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Truth is, sometimes we just don't have anything to say. The gibberish above is referenced by the word industry as lorum ipsum, that is, meaningless text. It occupies space but doesn't mean anything. Now, let me be quick to mention that I have something to say every moment of every day. You know, opinions, thoughts, ideas, directions about life, how we live it, and our place in the world around us. I tend to talk too much. Or, so they say. And, you know the trends these days, the path social media paves for people to say something about everything.

Sometimes, however, we verbalize too much. Everything doesn't have to be spoken or written. Silence is often the best communicator. It's a profound lesson of Scripture, the discipline of silence---

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is


Proverbs 10: 19, ESV

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed


Proverbs 17: 28, ESV

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Psalm 141: 3, ESV

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak...

James 1: 19, ESV

And, hundreds more. The point? Silence is often the best communicator. We just don't have to verbalize everything. A nod, look, wink, or blank look communicates much. Take the silent path on occasion. Your opinion will be more valuable.

Says the guy with a thousand words.

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