It Starts With The Word

“Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” That’s Jesus talking – in the midst of a long sermon of sorts. While the “Sermon on the Mount” is something of an exception, the fact is that Jesus was a man of few words. He didn’t need to say much in order to get his point across.

Lincoln and Twain are known for their sayings:

     Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.

     It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.

How much talking will you do today? And what value will your words have? Are there people who are weary of hearing what you have to say?

There is a passage from Proverbs 17:28 which reads: Even fools who keep silent are considered wise. In the Book of James we are counseled to bridle our tongues lest we deceive ourselves with our own importance.

‘Nuff said, yes?

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.