I was trying some green ginger tea from Starbucks this morning and I happened to read the quote on the back of my cup. I know Starbucks has been in trouble in the past for the quotations they publish, but this one speaks great wisdom.
The Way I See It #280
"You can learn a lot more from listening than you can from talking. Find someone with whom you don't agree in the slightest and ask them to explain themselves at length. Then take a seat, shut your mouth, and don't argue back. It's physically impossible to listen with your mouth open."
- John Moe, Radio host and author of Conservatize Me.
Do you feel the sting of conviction? I sure do. Its funny that those of us who know the truth are usually the ones who can't keep our mouths shut. But, very often, that's precisely what we need to do. There's a reason James says that the tongue is a "restless evil, full of deadly poison," unable to be tamed (James 3:8b). If a radio host understands the value of shutting up and listening, surely we who know the word of God should as well.