Today’s reading is Proverbs 16-17.

“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise,
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”
Proverbs 17:28

Well, I’m leery of adding anything to this one. I’m bringing it up today merely because it is the one I have the most trouble living by. I think I’ll just be quiet now.

Tomorrow’s reading is Proverbs 18-19.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, the proverbialist says “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14). That is the picture of a breaking dam. The water starts to leak, it eats away at the dam until it finally bursts forth. Once the water starts to gush there is nearly nothing that can stop it. That is the way it is with quarrels, arguments, and fights. Once the fight starts, it is nearly impossible to rein it back in. The wise course is to refrain from the fight. Figure out how to communicate without blowing up in a quarreling fit. The next time you feel a fight coming on, back up, see if you can figure out a better way to express what you are feeling or resolve your desires without letting the dam break.

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