We have been in the season of Lent for almost 2 weeks now.
As a Christian, this is a season that draws me closer to God. While many use this as a time to give up something for the 40 days, I choose to add to my life for these 40 days.
And every year I add the same thing, because it seems that as the year progresses, I get busier, I get more relaxed, I forget, whatever it may be, I step away from what became so dear to me during that 40 days of Lent.
I add more quiet time, to reflect, to read, to study & focus on the Bible and then I work at applying it to my every day life. With all the best intentions of it being a daily focus each & every day for the rest of the year.
But I fall short, I always fall short of carrying it on. Maybe this year will be different? I can only pray and push myself each and every day to make it so.
In my time lately, I have been reading from Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. I follow a daily devotional & that is where the author has taken us recently. It has brought new found joy to my heart & mind. It has brought some amazing thoughts to the forefront, and one of those is to "let your words be few", Ecclesiates 5:2.
So, here I am blogging. Spilling out words, right & left, just to get it out of my mind & into the universe. Ha!
As I reflect on these words each & every day, I understand more & more the meaning behind them. To choose my words carefully, that I don't have to get the last word in, and that listening can be more powerful than the words I speak. As Jeff Munroe stated in one of my daily devotionals last week, "there is more wisdom in silence than noise." He went on to say that we need to carefully weigh what we might say to break the silence.
In a world that seems to be one that everyone is talking over each other, just listen to the news, we need to take the words of Ecclesiastes 5 more to heart and become more content with the silence and truly think of our words carefully before we speak out or over someone else.
How often do you find yourself in a conversation and you can't wait to spill out your thoughts on the subject, and you then interrupt and/or take over the conversation because you just can't hold yourself back? Think of how differently, and possibly how much better the conversation might be if you were to remain silent, think of your words and allow the other person to actually finish their thoughts.
I am working hard at this, to become more of a listener and not a speaker, to take less control of the situation with my words, and speak volumes with my silence.
My hope in doing so is that it will make me more aware of my surroundings and more aware of the true feelings that others are trying to express. That I will learn to rely more on God to help me form my thoughts & words, which will in turn help me become a better person.