“Do you practice the discipline of silence?”
Recently I was asked this question, quickly followed by another. “Can you tithe your listening by speaking only 10% of the time?”
Both thought provoking questions.
Why is the discipline of silence so necessary?
- Releasing control. When we are silent, we give up the right to be in control of the situation or the conversation. We simply allow others the privilege to speak without interruption. And what a gift that is. Too often, I know I spend my time in a conversation thinking up an appropriate response. But, what if I simply sit with the person and enter into what they are saying? What gift would I give them by disciplining my mind and mouth to remain silent?
Richard J Foster says, “Silence frees us from the need to control others. One reason we can hardly bear to…
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