This Proverbs project has been a challenge thus far - I've loved reading the Proverbs every morning, but sometimes the writing hasn't happened. My challenge to myself has been to accept that it hasn't been (and likely won't be) perfect this month, and that is OK.
Today I'm just posting verse 27 of Chapter 17:
"Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding."
This likely stands out to me because I teach 7th Grade, and if there is a group of people that seem to struggle with restraining their words, it is 7th grade students! After 8 periods worth of watching the drama unfold, however, sometimes I find myself becoming edgy and quick to respond with my own words. This verse reminds to take a step back, and to model for my students and the young people in my life what restraint looks like when practiced on a day to day basis.
Although not always my greatest area of strength, taking that moment to step back and least think through what kind of reaction my own words might create has prevented quite a bit of unneeded drama in my life, both at work and at home.
Is restraint a strength of yours?
If not, perhaps give it a shot and see what occurs in your day!
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