Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 55)
Silence Is Golden
He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
Proverbs 17:27-28 (NKJV)
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 21:23 (NKJV)
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
James 1:26 (NIV)
What a lesson for performers to learn: to express emotion without speaking; to respect direction without question; to give men space without interruption; to make a speech without any speech tics; to sing a song without any vocals; to tell a story without any words...
To listen closely to fellow actors; to tune in others and tune out yourselves; to stay poised during conversation gaps; to embrace the silence which God will fill; to let God do the talking for you. 'And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His Mouth' (Isaiah 53:7).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I've been in the viewing room with pros, agents narrowing down acting reels and wanting to sort through them quickly. So they muted the sound on their screens and started to study the faces. Who looked invested, intelligent and sparkled with heartfelt emotion? Only when the finalists were marked did they listen with great interest.
But we live in a world of debate, where talking heads argue for air time. We like to shout over each other, thinking the biggest, fastest talker will gain the all-important last word. Yet you know things the world won't admit:
1. Everything important is of God. Although He controls both air and time, He won't scream to get our attention. He speaks to us in 'A still small Voice' (1 Kings 19:12), and only He will have the last Word, which every person on earth will heed.
2. God must open ears for men to hear. So don't expect a good audience, unless the Lord ordains it for you. That being said, make every word count. Cherish silence as a golden tune, and focus your attention on Him.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.