Monday, February 13, 2017

Abraham Lincoln on Silence

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a Message Minute.

Yesterday was Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  He served as our 16th President in a tumultuous time in American History.  Being born in KY, growing up in Indiana, and becoming a congressman for Illinois, many of us  in what was once considered the "Western Frontier" observe Lincoln as a significant part of American heroism.

Lincoln had many repeatable quotes, but one has stuck with me that will enhance all our lives should we choose to embrace and follow it.  He shared, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."  While it is catchy, Lincoln wasn't the originator of the wise idea of silence.  Solomon records in Proverbs 17:28 "Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent." 

Let's face it, it's Monday, a day where we often feel pressed with deadlines, to-do lists, and general grumpiness from an exhausting weekend enjoying abnormally good weather.  To make today more positive, work on holding your tongue when your blood boils or irritation rises.  Unless your words are positive or useful, choose silence as the tool for promoting peace today.  You'll be glad you did. 

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