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Mike Henry Sr.



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880 Saying Too Much - Proverbs 17-27-28

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Do you ever put your foot in your mouth? Proverbs 17:27-28 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. I talked about this passage (episode 143) over 2 years ago. I need to read it and recite it every month. Can you restrain your words? Can you cool your own spirit? There are times when I throw temper tantrums. I get angry at something. You probably never have that happen. If so, you're doing well. I've just always loved the practical nature of verse 28. Even a fool, when he keeps silent is considered wise and prudent. The more we're talking, the more likely we'll prove exactly what's going on in our brains and often, what's going on in our brains isn't as good as we think it is. I hope to remember to choose words carefully, especially when I do the podcast. Today, can you listen more than you talk? I need to listen more to my family, my coworkers, and my customers. Every person I interact with has something to say. Why not try to hear it all before you start talking. I even want to let a few seconds of silence pass just to see if I can do it. This falls under appreciating people in my book. If I can listen to them more, I may learn more, but I also show they're more important than myself. I exercise my faith at work when I can listen rather than trying to talk. Today, let's listen more and talk less. Let's remember that we may seem foolish to some, but if we open our mouths, we may just prove it. And please also remember we're a donor supported ministry. Please consider sharing this podcast with others. Either tell them about it or make a contribution so they can hear it at no cost. To make a donation, head over to and click the Donate button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Thanks very much.

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