"When there are many words, wrongdoing is unavoidable, but one who restrains his lips is wise." – Proverbs 10:19 NASB
Born in Hungary in 1912, Georg Solti became one of the most honored conductors of the 20th century. He won more Grammy Awards than anyone in history. But, according to legendary producer John Culshaw, Solti’s early career was plagued with a serious problem: He talked too much. Particularly in recording sessions, Solti was “a compulsive talker.” Culshaw knew that, unless this problem was addressed, it could hold back Solti’s career.
Taking a risk Culshaw had engineers record Solti during a recording session. The next day he played the tape for Solti. Culshaw recalled, “He was, to put it mildly, astonished.” Solti realized he had a problem. He was cured and went on to make many highly successful recordings.
How would you react if you could hear a recording of what you said today? Would you be shocked or encouraged? Would you hear words spoken carelessly or carefully? Would you hear yourself speaking too many words or not listening to others?
You may not be able to hear a recording, but you can remember the Bible’s instruction that, if you want to be wise, you should restrain your words. Remember the warning that when you speak many words, “wrongdoing is unavoidable.”
Ask God to help you control the words you speak. Fill your heart and mind with the Bible. Surrender your life to the control of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide what you say and do.
PrayerFather, examine the words I speak. Help me to control what I say. Let me be a witness for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingProverbs 10