Measure Your Words

27 Jan

From the Heart

Louise Gibson



Years ago an anonymous writer penned a short
poem about the merit of measuring our words:

“A wise old owl sat in an oak.
The more he saw the less he spoke.
The less he spoke the more he heard.
“Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?”


There is a connection between wisdom
and limiting what we say.
It is wise to be a good listener
while holding our tongue at bay.


Be sensitive to the needs of the one
you are speaking to.
Listen to what their heart is saying
before expressing your point of view.


Wisdom from above:

“Although there is a time to be quiet
and a time to speak (Eccl.3:7)
choosing to speak less allows us
to hear more.”


Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditations of my heart,
be acceptable in Thy sight.
Oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer.


Psalm 96
Shout to the Lord
(If you are depressed you need to read the Psalms.)


Psalm 119
“Forever, oh Lord, your word is settled in Heaven.




6 Responses to “Measure Your Words”

  1. Onisha Ellis February 3, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Psalm 19:14 is part of my morning quiet time. I need the reminder each day to put my heart on his ways and not mine.


  2. divoran09 January 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    This was terrific.

    Love, DiVoran


    • LOUISE GIBSON January 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

      You are very generous with your praise, DIvoran, but I do appreciate it. Thank you. Have a great day!


  3. Danny Kemp January 27, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    Very sound advice. Least said soonest mended.


    • LOUISE GIBSON January 27, 2017 at 8:47 am #

      And a very wise reply, Danny. I always appreciate your comments. Thank you!


      • LOUISE GIBSON January 27, 2017 at 8:51 am #

        Thank you, DiVoran. The owl is the perfect accompaniment to the poem.


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