If you’re soft-spoken or shy you may have been told to speak up before, to make your voice heard. Similarly, if you’re an introvert, you may have been urged to join in the conversation, to be a part of the discourse and throw in your two cents.
Those who have the personality trait of extroversion don’t likely get those prompts. They’re happily content to speak their mind and research shows they’re rewarded for it. From business schools to board rooms the world seems to love those who speak up. Even the Bible tells us not to hide our light under a bushel basket, to let it shine for all to see.
So why decrease that? If using our voice is so desirable and advantageous, why squelch it?
Well, the fact is, when we’re busy speaking up it’s actually next to impossible to listen or even hear what someone else is saying and sometimes that still, small voice is God’s
Most of us, if we’re honest, would admit to needing advice from time to time. If we’re Christians we’d welcome that guidance from God. To be directed by the supreme being and creator of the universe in our little lives is the ultimate honor and privilege. But we can’t do that, we won’t notice it, if we’re constantly yammering on and on.
So, today, slow down, zip the lip, quiet your voice and your mind and just listen. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll hear. I promise it’ll be the best few moments of your day.