“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
Proverbs 17:28 NIV
This proverb highlights several benefits of keeping quiet: (1) It is the best policy if you have nothing worthwhile to say; (2) it allows you the opportunity to listen and learn, and (3) it gives you something in common with those who are wiser. Make sure you pause to think and to listen so that when you do speak, you will have something important to say. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Have you experienced this before, when you catch yourself doing something completely needless? There is no benefit from doing or saying that or it. Saying something worthless, you are criticising or making a derogatory comment. Just this morning I caught myself criticising a colleague’s behaviour. I can sit here know and say why waste your energy? There is nothing to gain from it.
Take time and consider the commentator. Think of the three points he makes. If nothing worthwhile to say keep quiet, silence gives you a chance to listen and learn, and it gives you something in common with wise people. Is this not a better aspiration?
Have you heard the saying Quiet confidence? Here is what Wiki How, has to say.
1. Be at ease with yourself.
2. Be smooth.
3. Don’t talk to everyone around you.
5. Voluntarily take some alone time.
6. Pay attention in class.
7. Change up your normal routine occasionally.
8. Wear jewellery (If allowed) in class that you like, no matter how odd or different it may seem.
The interesting thing is we don’t need Wiki how all we need is to pay heed what the Bible says. And the Bible was there first.
“Lord I thank you for your word. Amen.”