There was a young lady who had to do a lot of flying for her business. It made her very nervous, so she always took her Bible along reading it helped her to rein on the long flights.
One time she was sitting next to a businessman. When he saw her pull out the Bible, he gave a little chuckle and a smirk and went back to what he was doing.
After a while, he turned to her and asked, ‘You don’t really believe all that stuff in there, do you?’ The lady replied, ‘Of course I do. It’s the Bible.’
He said, well, what about that guy that was swallowed by that whale?’
She replied, ‘Oh, Jonah. Yes, I believe that; it’s in the Bible.’
He asked, ‘Well’ how do you suppose he survived all that time inside the whale?’
The lady said, ‘Well, I don’t really know. I guess when I get to heaven, I’ll ask him.’
‘What if he isn’t in heaven?’ the man asked sarcastically.
‘Then you can ask him,’ replied the lady.
So, the lesson here is that keep your mouth closed and you’ll stay out of trouble. What great advice! A man is known by the silence he keeps. Don’t miss many valuable opportunities to hold your tongue and listen to what the other person is saying. When you have nothing to say, say nothing. Silence is a friend who will never betray you.
One of the best ways to persuade others is by listening to them. You’ll find that a gossip talks to you about others, a bore talks to you about himself, and a brilliant conversationalist talks to you about yourself and listens to what you say. You don’t learn anything while you’re talking. The truth is that the more you say, the less people remember. When it comes to talking, it’s always more blessed to receive than to give.
The greatest skill you can develop is the skill of listening to others. The second greatest skill you can develop is getting others listen to you. The Book of Proverbs says,
“The man of few words and settled mind is wise; therefore, even a fool is thought to be wise when he is silent. It pays him to keep his mouth shut.”
Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand. As you go through life, you are going to have many opportunities to keep your mouth shut. There must have been some reason that God made our ears to stay open and our mouths to stay close. As a man grows older and wiser, he talks less and says more.
Learn to listen. Sometimes opportunity disguises itself this way and knocks very softly. You will find that God will speak for the man who holds his peace. Too much talk will always include error. There is only one rule for being a good talker: Learn to listen. Be a good listener; your ears will never get you in trouble. One of the most powerful principles you can implement in your life is that of listening to others. Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow !!