Yesterday I walked by a table and, I heard part of a conversation in which one person said: “It’s a mute point.”
Mute means silent, and I have often made a point of being silent, and I have even pointed silently. I cannot, however remain mute about a key point of that conversation.
Mute and moot cannot be used interchangeably—they are not synonyms. Moot is used to refer to some item or point of discussion that is debatable, but of no practical value.
While moot points are often hypothetical in nature, making a point to be mute can have real value. In Psalm 46:10, there is a clear command to be mute: “Be still and know that I am God.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer expressed the importance of this principle in a letter to some friends: “Daily, quiet reflection on the Word of God as it applies to me becomes for me a point of crystallization for everything that gives interior and exterior order to my life.”
The words of Bonhoeffer serve as a commentary on God’s instructions to Joshua: “This set of instructions is not to cease being a part of your conversations. Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to carry out everything that’s written in it, for then you’ll prosper and succeed (Joshua 1:8.”
Mother Teresa suggested that silence is an essential of practical Christianity: “The fruit of Silence is prayer. The fruit of Prayer is faith. The fruit of Faith is love. The fruit of Love is service. The fruit of Service is peace. “
I encourage you to take time out of your schedule for a mute point, so you can “be still” and bear fruit . . .