Saturday, October 31st, 2009
"The heart of the righteous one meditates so as to answer." (Proverbs 15:28)
In our ministry, careful preparation is the key to simplicity and clarity. An unprepared minister tends to talk too much. He may virtually drown the main points in an excessive flow of words, saying everything he knows on a subject. In contrast, the well-prepared minister thinks about the person he is instructing, meditates on the topic, and presents clearly just what is needed. (1 Corinthians 2:1, 2) He considers how much the student already knows and what points should be emphasized during the study. The minister may know many interesting details about the subject, but clarity comes from pruning away unnecessary information. We may enjoy explaining the Bible so much that we have to exercise self-control in order to let the student express himself or explain a matter being considered during a home Bible study.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 1:16, 17)
* I'll be working on this point for years I'm sure. =) One of my more recent requests that I've incorporated into my prayers is based on Psalm 141:3 (which is most appropriate for rash or quick-tempered speech), but could also apply to the area mentioned in today's text discussion about talking too much...
"Do set a guard, O Jehovah, for my mouth;
Do set a watch over the door of my lips"