Time for Everything

Some say silence is golden, well if they’re right, this world is definitely suffering from a major gold shortage.  Everyone is talking. Places where people used to show respect through silence like church, library, and the movie theater.  Have now become fair game for the disrupting influence of ongoing conversations.

Whether we believe it or not, there is power in remaining silent.  Power that few people realize because they are so busy talking!  All we have to do is remain silent during an animated conversation with our friends, and soon they will all turn to you for your opinion.  After all, anyone who hasn’t said anything yet must have really valuable thoughts after thinking so hard, right?

Well, with wisdom and maturity come the ability to know when to remain silent.  Why?  Silence often carries with it an authority that’s far more important than the words that we could speak.  And believe it or not, there are times when our silence speaks so much louder than any words that we could ever say.

 

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. ” Ecclesiastes 3:1,7b 

 

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Head On

Two soldiers hit the battlefield scared of their opponent, and what could possibly be in store for them.  One faces the enemy head on, the second shrinks back.  Both survive, but only one emerges with genuine strength.  The difference? The first soldier discovered courage, only after he confronted his adversary.

It’s normal to want to get out of a difficult situation.  Some of the circumstances that we find ourselves make us want to run and hide in hopes that our troubles will go away.  Our weakness in the face of our problems, however, will continue to dog us.

Many people will never know just how tough they are, simply because they keep avoiding hard situations.  I often ask myself the question: Do you want to find out what you’re made of?  Well, for starters I must toughen myself up by facing my problems head on.  Hard times and tough situations come to everyone, but not everyone conquers them. 

We are only made strong by the difficulties we face, not by those we avoid.

 

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”  Romans 8:37