Drawing our focus on two key words: My Mind. And there we have it, the "my mind syndrome." Now let's be honest, sometimes what we think in these often untamed minds needs to be spoken. At least at some point in time on some level. For the purpose of building upon the foundation of previous posts I simply want to say that what is in our mind does not necessarily need to be said. Time, place, motive and goal are things to consider. However, in the mood of the moment it is like our parents said: "Katy bar the door." Katy was blamed for it all though we were the culprits.
The ministry of silence takes many years to develop. It is rarely achieved when our thoughts and our goals are our prominent focus. Try as I may at times to challenge the process, the Lord pulls back the reins to bridle my tongue. And I am so very thankful. It takes but a few seconds or minutes to speak our eloquent and critical words, but months, years, and often a lifetime to recover from them. You may still be suffering wounds from the harsh words of another. Scars + memories = pain. They are real.
Matthew 27:12-14 The Message:
"But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing. Pilate asked him, “Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren’t you going to say something?” Jesus kept silence—not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed."
I was wondering this morning how many of us have impressed anyone lately by refusing to answer and speak what's on our mind? Never mind that we may not impress with what's there anyway. During His earthy life I would venture to say Jesus had much on His mind. It's just that His thoughts are so much different than mine, than ours. See the person who is very skilled at analysis and persuasive speech. They look and sound so impressive. Time will tell. It always does. Either good or bad will remain.
God allows us to speak what we choose even when He knows it will not turn out well when we refuse to occasionally practice the ministry of silence. I am fully confident that He will allow us to speak our mind when and if it is aligned with His thoughts. Best to sit down on the inside and trust His perfect will in all matters of the mouth.
Together on the journey ~ Betty