This year I’ve learnt a very important lesson: to speak up and voice my opinion. Obviously there is a time to quietly listen – Proverbs speaks of a prudent man not blasting his knowledge about (12:23) and James tells us that we should be ‘quick to listen’ (1:19). On the other hand though if we don’t talk about what we are feeling mistakes happen and our ideas don’t spring into action.
I’ve learnt – the hard way – several times – that although we don’t need constantly talk and we do need to listen to what others think and feel, it is perfectly fine to ask questions, suggest alternatives and take leadership. When we do:
- Our vision for something is much more likely to come to pass
- Problems others mightn’t have considered can be avoided
- We show interest!
- An effective solution to a heart issue or a difficult situation can be found
- Any misunderstandings (e.g confusing rules to a game) are cleared up
“Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:9 (NKJV)