Lesson 78

Proverbs 10:14 says “Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.”

I heard a story once about a man who never spoke. Everyone around town knew him and never heard him utter a word. One day, a child ran out into the street. Shocking everyone, the man stood up and yelled for the child to get out and to warn the driver of the car that the child was there. When asked how he spoke, he said that he could always speak. Why didn’t he do it before now? There was no need, plus he learned more by just listening. There was no secret in town that he did not know since everyone spoke around him. He learned more by just being quiet. Instead of opening his mouth and joining all the fools around him, he was quiet and soaking everything in. Senseless prattle was nowhere to be found with him.

How many times do we stick our foot in our mouths? Some days it is multiple times. Why? Because we are fools who cannot keep our mouths shut. Instead of being quiet and hearing more, we speak and hear nothing. We should be listening instead of speaking. Disaster follows when we talk over important directions or information.

Did you ever see the M.A.S.H. episode where Hawkeye was temporarily blind? He was the only one to hear small noises and enjoy nature’s sound. Everyone else was focused on what they were seeing. Instead of being blind, we need to be mute. Close your mouth for one day and see what you hear. You will find yourself in a lot less trouble and knowing more.