“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;”
James 1:19 ESV
I got in trouble a lot for talking in school. My grade-school report cards were chocked full of BIG, red check marks for “talking too much in class.”
In the 4th grade, no thanks to my mom, I nearly got a swat from the principal! My teacher had had it with my talking and sent me to the office! The principal called my mom and said, “Mrs. Frantz, we’ve got to do something about Debbie’s talking!” To which my mom replied, “Paddle her!”
After Mr. Principal hung up the phone, he told me what my mom had said. I.WAS.SO.SCARED! Rumor was, the principal had a HUGE paddle full of holes that would suck your backside plum off when he swatted you, and I was fix’in to find out if that was true.
Much to my surprise, as I stood ready to accept my punishment, the principal didn’t take my mom’s advice. Instead, he sent me back to class with the warning, “Next time you are sent to my office for talking, I AM going to paddle you!”
Although I continued to talk in class, I pulled through grade school unscathed. Whew 😥!
It wasn’t until the 8th grade that I made a conscious decision to stop talking in class. I wish I could say that I came to that decision on my own, but it wasn’t until my science teacher reprimanded me in front of the whole class that I realized just how much my talking disturbed my teacher and those around me. From that day forward, I purposed in my heart to become a listener more than a talker.
Years later, through His Word, God affirmed the lesson I learned in the 8th grade. Listen much and speak little.