“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction will drive it far from him.”
Proverbs 22:15 (NKJV)
As a child, I was full of fun and much encouraged by uncles and aunts to express myself freely. By age seven, I was the loudest child in our little gang!
When my parents and I were about to have our meal one evening, and I was talking loudly, – I got a whack on the leg from my father. He said: “THINK before you speak!” A highly skilled foreman bricklayer, he was a man of few words. The force of that blow combined with the volume of his voice stopped me. My behaviour at home changed immediately.
James 3:2 says: “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” By the time I was 17, I worked with a man who fitted that scripture. Silent John. His workmanship was perfect and he was recognised by all as the best bricklayer in the county. He spoke seldom, but when he did, we learned, and he didn’t have to raise his voice. His reputation went before him and his methods and solutions to problems were admired by us apprentices and others.
Proverbs 21:23 reminds me of him: “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” As we live through childhood, teenage and middle age to old age, with the loving help of the Holy Spirit of God, the principles of these scriptures become clearer to us.
Father, thank you very much for the amazing help your Holy Word is to all of us who believe in your Son Jesus.
Study by Duncan McLean
About the Author:
Duncan McLean and his wife, Shirley, attend Grace Communion Church Luton, where they regularly contribute music. They run a monthly choir workshop, which is also a social occasion where all are welcome–see www.kingsfold.org Local Congregation: Grace Communion Church Luton Farley Hill Methodist Church North Drift Way Farley Hill LUTON LU1 5JE
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