I have never been hurt by what I did not say. (Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States)

Although Coolidge was known to be a skilled and effective public speaker, in private he was sometimes referred to as “Silent Cal,” a man of few words. With 24/7 TV news and their “talking heads” we can be overwhelmed with words. And we may be guilty ourselves of talking or texting incessantly without careful thought. Let’s heed the biblical admonitions.

So let your words be few. . . . The more words you speak, the less they mean. . . . Too many words make you a fool. (Ecclesiastes 5:2, 3; 6:11)