Restraint in the age of abundant speech

We live in a day
No matter what you say
Someone is gonna jump down your throat
Tell you your wrong
Dissect your words
Read in between lines that aren’t even drawn
If you stand up for what is right
Or share your heart
There will be a hater nearby
Or someone writing to you from afar
It may be a friend
Or a friend of an acquaintance
Having a bad day or just looking to vent anger
They may not know your story
Those who do, may not care
As long as they get to have some time on the air
So speak your piece in peace
Stand for what you believe
Be kind to those who oppose
Yet, don’t be afraid to call foul or be a referee
If the dissenter is foolish, or off the mark,
If they just want an argument to hear the sound of their own voice.
Or to see their words in print, opposing yours
Flee away, don’t waste your breath or the stroke of the key
Let your words of graciousness
Be what you are remembered for in the age of too much speech.

“When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

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