In his commencement address at Yale University on June 11, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave the graduating students this to think about: “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic… We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

Perhaps all of us have been guilty at one time or another of speaking before we think. Sometimes it is easy to walk those opinions back without too much harm, but on other occasions, it is shot like an arrow from a bow and we cringe when we see the reaction of the person or persons we’ve hurt with such darts of thoughtless persuasion. King Solomon recognized this even in his day. That’s why he said: “Every cautious person acts with knowledge, but a fool parades his folly.1

And this is never more true than what we say before God, either in our hearts, minds, or with out lips. Solomon also gives these words of wisdom: “Don’t speak impulsively — don’t be in a hurry to give voice to your words before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; so let your words be few.2 Solomon went on to say, that such rash words can give you nightmares and cause you great anxiety. Only a thoughtless person speaks in endless chatter without giving much thought to what they say. In other words, say what you mean, and mean what you say because you have proof that what you say is meaningful. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 Proverbs 13:16 – Complete Jewish Bible

2 Ecclesiastes 5:2 – Complete Jewish Bible

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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