This is Day 21 of a 31-Day Series called Bear in Mind: Cubisms.
While driving home from an overnight road trip to New Jersey on Sunday, Cub 2 attempted to have a serious conversation with Cub 3 about something that was entirely over her little 7-year-old head. Because she really didn’t understand what he was talking about, she started making up silly answers to his questions which frustrated Cub 2. Finally, he said, “Just stop talking! You’re not making any sense!”
Cubs in the back of the truck can say things like that. Don’t you wish that, as an adult, you could say something like that to people who just talk too much? People who have an opinion about everything and feel that they have to share it with everyone? People who have a story for any and every situation, and they are eager to share them whether you’ve asked them to or not? Sometimes, I just want to say “Shut up!” (Oops! That’s a bad word in our house. We say “Be quiet!”).
For me, it’s about staying in my lane. When we want others to think that we are more – that we know more, or have more, or we do more – we start moving over into someone else’s lane. A lane that we’re really not prepared for, but we drop our opinion there anyway and cause more harm than help. In this age of social media, we are quick to post the first thought that comes to mind even if we don’t have the whole story…and a quick side note…you never get the whole story on social media! The next time you feel the need to share something with anyone, make sure that you know what you’re talking about. Do a little research, if needed. I love this verse from Proverbs:
“Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.” Proverbs 17:28 NLT
In other words, let people think you’re smart instead of opening your mouth and proving them wrong.