Daily Devotional for December 28, 2022

Carol is a very active volunteer in our church.  She regularly works in the church office, sets up Holy Communion for Christmas Eve, and yesterday, helped the staff take down Christmas decorations.  I’ve always considered her a relatively pure soul but one day, I wasn’t so sure.

During a conversation, Carol volunteered that she was a card-carrying member of the SLUTS.

Not knowing how to appropriately respond to Carol’s confession to her pastor she was part of a group most of us would consider unsavory, I remembered mother’s warning, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”  I followed her advice.  

Then Carol said, “SLUTS stands for Southern Ladies Up to Something.”  At that moment I breathed a sigh of relief.

For once, I did the right thing and kept my mouth shut.  It doesn’t always work out that way.

As I look back over my life, most of the hot water I’ve landed in has been the result of shifting my mouth into overdrive while my brain is still in neutral.  It never ends well.

So, the best advice I can give is, if a woman you think very highly of admits she’s a card-carrying member of the SLUTS, keep calm and silent.  It might not be what you think.

King Solomon was the wisest person God will ever make.  He said, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.  (Proverbs 17:28) He also said that in each life there is, “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak….” (Ecclesiastes 3:7)

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, open my mouth to say good stuff, and shut it when I’ve said enough.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Most of us would be much better off if we understood silence is golden.  

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins