Book: Proverbs 18
“Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.”
As a leader it is always important to listen and understand the facts before making a comment. Being quick to speak is more of a sign of pride than it is wisdom. In the news culture of today, events happen and leaders are expected to give an immediate response often without knowing all the facts. They are then criticized, or shamed for not giving a quick response or having their facts correct. God’s wisdom says in James 1:19 “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
Paul Harvey, a famous former radio personality had a program called The Rest of the Story. He had a very unique way of presenting news stories in which the listener had to wait for the very last sentence to get a full understanding. Without it, the story was missing key facts. He would then say, “and now you know the rest of the story.” The listener would then say to themselves, “now I get the full impact.”
We need to be people who know “the rest of the story” before speaking. The King does not want us to be shamed or look foolish so He has given us this wisdom. There may be pressure from others or from ourselves to speak quickly but this is not wise.
Choose today to hold off on ‘spouting off’ until you have the facts. This will be the best for you and those around you!