To Speak or Not to Speak

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place but leave unsaid the wrong thing. (Benjamin Franklin)

We sometimes do miss an opportunity to say the right thing at the right time. We realize just a moment or so later, “I should have said …” And there are probably just as many times that we have thought a little too late, “I wish I hadn’t said …” The more careful we are about what and when we say things, the more likely we are to encourage others.

Those who control their tongue will have a long life . . . For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. (Proverbs 13:3; James 3:1)