Daily Devotions – A Time to Speak

I could not hold back anymore.  I sat back listening to a group of people arguing over something in a conference meeting that was very low on the importance scale.  It really was nearly meaningless yet a few people had decided this was worth fighting about.  I had decided that I would let people lead and would offer up my leadership only when asked for or when needed.  This was getting out of hand.  We were wasting so much time over nothing to satisfy a few egos.  So, I stood up, asked for quiet and took control.  We quickly moved on and the rest of our meeting took 15 minutes.  Many other leaders stopped me afterwards and thanked me for stepping in and stopping the discussion.  There is a fine balance (and I am still learning it) between listening and speaking in a group.  Sometimes we need to stand and speak, but more times we should sit back and listen.  If it is time to speak, by all means speak, but make sure you are within season.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8