(Proverbs 18:21 KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
As I write I am coming off a meeting that this verse speaks to. I was facing an irate parent. It could have gone very poorly because the parent and my principal were good friends and I knew there would be no effort to “have my back” as they say. One of the things I had to keep reminding myself was to keep my mouth shut. Yes, I needed to answer questions. Yes, I needed to be honest and deal with the issues. No, I did not need to get into a debate on abstract points of educational philosophy and social commentary that would only muddy the waters.
There is a time to speak out. There is a time to let others talk. As some famous person said, “Grant me the wisdom to know the difference.”
So? I survived. Looking back I don’t see that I gave up any ground that was unjustified. I kept my mouth shut. Miracles still happen. May they touch your life.