Your letter for today is the letter “Y.” You may ask why “Y?” I’ve selected “Y” because there are three “Y” words that can be wise words.
Some people think it is wise to start the day with a cup of Yogurt. Others think it is a good idea to begin the day with some exercise and Yoga movements. Both of these are probably good for the body, but I prefer a third “Y.”
The “Y” that intrigues me the most is known as a Yogism. I have always like the wit and wisdom of Yogi Berra. Yogi played 19 years in the Yankees organization, and he appeared in 14 World Series—10 of the 14 series ended in championship wins.
One of the better known statements of Yogi is. “This is like déjà vu all over again.” There are several others as well:
- A nickle ain’t worth a dime anymore.
- When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
- Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical.
- You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.
Yogi also said, “I never said most of the things I said.” This reminds me of something that Solomon said about the things you might say: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb: they drip sweet food for life and bring health to the body (Proverbs 16:24).”
When you speak to people today, make sure you are engaging in a healthy conversation.
God, in His wisdom, gave us two ears and one mouth. By design, I believe we are to hear twice as much as we say, and we would probably get in twice as much trouble if we had two mouths and one ear.
To overcome the Blabbermouth Blues, James instructs us to speed up and to slow down: “Everyone must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness (James :19).”
How do you develop the “slow to speak” skill? A good regimen to practice is a three question set. Before you speak, ask yourself:
• Is what I’m about to say the truth the whole and nothing but the truth?
• Is what I’m about to say kind, or is it degrading?
• Is what I’m about to say necessary and beneficial to the person to whom I’m speaking?
The wisdom literature of the Bible speaks about your manner of speech:
• Psalm 19:13-14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
• Proverbs 16:24: Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
• Proverbs 29:20: Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Solomon draws a contrast in Ecclesiastes 10:11-13, and it show a cause and effect relationship concerning your speech: “A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; the babbler is no different. The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool shall swallow him up; the words of his mouth begin with foolishness, and the end of his talk is raving madness.”
Here’s a little rhyme to think of the next time you are afflicted with a case of the Blabbermouth Blues:
Be careful of the words that you daily speak,
For you shall give account at the Judgment Seat.
Be careful of the things you say and do,
Or you’ll find your foot in your mouth,
And not in your shoe.