You have most likely heard this famous saying: “Loose Lips Sink Ships.”
This phrase was initially used as a campaign by the American military during World War II in order to avoid careless talk that might undermine the war effort. They knew that idle or opinion-based chatter could cost them the war and it simply wasn’t worth the risk.
That’s not to say that serious strategy meetings weren’t taking place or that vetted out news stories weren’t printed. They most certainly were. But notice with me the phrase “careless talk.” This was the premise behind their warning.
In today’s day and age, it’s common to be bombarded with idle or opinion-based chatter – from the news channels, to endless social media posts, and even conversations had at the ballpark. Now, these things are unavoidable and not altogether bad. But the question is, how do we safeguard ourselves from falling into the trap of “careless talk?”
Proverbs 10:19 says, “When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise.”
This verse is powerful because it gives us the freedom to speak up when we feel it is necessary, but also stresses the importance of choosing our words carefully. When we speak just to hear our own voices, sin becomes unavoidable. But if we speak with control, then we are wise and have a greater chance of actually being heard.
The choice is ours to make. Will we be known for sinking ships or smooth sailing? It all comes down to how controlled our lips are.