Life Lessons from Barack Obama
If you are a right-wing conservative you probably cringed while reading the title of this post. Of course, there are many things that we can learn from those around us and Pres. Obama is no different. A recent incident involving an open microphone and Pres. Obama caught the nation’s attention and it became a learning moment for myself. Here is the famous clip that many are chatting about:
Okay, many of us are probably worried about what Mr. Obama meant by “flexibility”. Some assert that he is planning to interact with the Russian government about missile defense. Others have said that this was nothing significant because the President was only speaking the truth. We all know that the second term of a presidents stay in the White House almost eliminates all accountability. While I do fear what Mr. Obama meant by his words there is one major life lesson that we can learn from this.
Choose your words wisely because you never know who’s listening.
The Bible gives us many passages discussing language. Here is a non-exhaustive list:
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; -James 1:19, ESV
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. -Proverbs 10:19
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. -Proverbs 17:27
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. -Proverbs 18:21
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. -Proverbs 21:23
Our words have profound meaning. They can drag people down or they can build others up. Our words can destroy lives or they can give life. We need to remember not only to use our words wisely when they are on display but use them wisely even when you think no one else is listening.
So, choose your words carefully because you never know if others can hear you…or if there is a hot mic close by.
Thanks for reading.