Have You Ever Said Something Because You Really Didn’t Know What Else to Say?

There are times when you should just keep your mouth shut. Don’t believe me? Just ask a guy named Peter from the Bible.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Peter, his story that proves the point is found in the book of Mark, Chapter 9.

Jesus had just taken three guys up to the mountains for some down time. Peter was one of the guys.

During the getaway there was definitely a “mountaintop” moment and the appearance of Jesus was “transformed,” according to the Scriptures.

Upon seeing this happen, Peter ‘exclaimed’ ... (Fancy way of saying he got a little too excited) ... “It is wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make 3 shelters as memorials – one for you (Jesus), one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

We are told, “He said this because he really didn’t know what else to say . . .”

Have you ever said something because you “really didn’t know what else to say?” I know, I have.

Good leaders know when to speak and when to stay silent. They understand the importance of listening and watching.

Your job as a leader is not to solve every problem. Your job is to discover solutions.

Chances are, there is a solution waiting to be discovered by listening to a teammate ... By seeking to collaborate ... By brainstorming instead of bulldozing.

The Bible also says, “Be slow to speak and quick to listen.”

Heed those words and you might find that others are more interested in what YOU have to say.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Do you think it is more natural to be a talker or a listener?  What are the keys to being a good listener?

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Ray Green

8 years ago

Randy! Great Blog! In our couples group on Sunday's one of the men stated, " you know you are not listening if right after someone speaks you have a response. Giving yourself and the other person at least 25 seconds before you respond expresses thoughtfulness not calculation." I have incorporated this 25 second rule to better represent my motives towards others so I can listen and then respond and not be seen as reactionary. Being "transformed" daily by the renewing of my mind and actions...I'm Just Sayin'


8 years ago

Thanks, Raymond! Love the 25 second idea. Have a blessed weekend!


8 years ago

Loved your quotes and inspirational speeches, makes me happy to find more positive thinkers!
For me I just learned listening while still being a kid, I was very shy and always ended up listening more than talking... which in the end gave me time to think more, process information and extract useful data!!


8 years ago

Thanks, timur!


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