STOP AND THINK – Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. (Plato, classical Greek philosopher)

Some of us are eager to share our thoughts even when they may not be carefully thought through. We just can’t stand silence, so when there’s a lull in the discussion, we jump right in. We need to learn to listen well, think carefully, and then offer our comments only when we’re sure they are a worthy contribution to the conversation.

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues (Proverbs 17:28). Everyone should be quick to listen [and] slow to speak (James 1:19).