Food for Thought….Be Slow to Speak



Recently my kids checked out the Guinness World Records book out of our local library.  We enjoyed looking at the current records, and were totally grossed out by others.  We wondered if there were any we could attempt to beat.  But there was one record we didn’t find, and that was how long someone went without talking.


I was sure there must be a record for it so we did a little research.  I figured a monk would hold the record, but we found a man, named John Francis, that didn’t speak for 17 years.  He was doing it for a cause to bring awareness during the oil spill in 1972.  He really got his point across by not speaking for so long.  People started to “listen” to what he was “saying”…or not saying.  He brought awareness to his cause, and had a large following, which sparked great changes.


Solomon said in Proverbs 17:28, “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.”  When we don’t speak, it gives us a chance to listen…to really hear what other people are saying.  It can help us “think before we speak,” and to be wise with our words.


James 1:19 say, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”


So the next time you are with a group of friends, upset at your husband, or frustrated with your kids, be wise and shut your lips, be slow to speak, and slow to wrath.  Let the Lord lead your words.  Maybe you too can be like John Francis, and see great changes!


We can never get back what we send out there by our tongues, so make sure your words are worth saying.



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  1. Courtney says:

    Awesome. I love this. I’ve been working on this myself. I can be too quick to react and then regret. Best to say nothing so you can gather your thoughts and be rational rather than throw something out there that isn’t uplifting or helpful. Thanks, Sara!

    • Thanks, Courtney! It’s so hard sometimes! But it does help to stop and think first. I have my share of words I wish I could take back. 🙂