You’ve probably discovered, by now, that I like to RUN-MY-MOUTH. Sorry, I don’t mean to OFFEND anyone….I’m just doing my job, Mamn…..as Sgt. Joe Friday used to say….on Dragnet (of the 50’s). Running one’s mouth is an ART. It takes several skill sets to “run-your-mouth” successfully. Sure… anyone can “talk-a lot” and SAY-NOTHING. I’m not talking about that guy. I’m talking about the guy who has an INTERESTING MESSAGE. We have to talk about something that others want to hear about. You would be wasting my time if you’re trying to talk to me about golf or fishing. I have no interest in either sport. I know… I’m not normal. (Normal people scare me). But, if you want to talk to me about business, finance, banking, retirement, investing, real estate, or cars and boats….then, I’m all EARS. And, if you’re going to run your mouth…then, for Pete’s sake….KNOW your SUBJECT. A poorly informed speaker is a dead-give-away… he’s dead in the water…he should keep his mouth shut. It would be necessary, too, to present your subject in a manner in-which the listener will understand. You’ll want to learn how to address your subject in “high-brow” language, and “low-brow” language. And if you’re not flexible in this regard, then develop a technique that “covers all 4-corners.” If you’re going to run-your-mouth…. Then use good PRESENTATION techniques. The last skill-set that I would recommend is: Know when to hold, and know when to fold. Determine how RECEPTIVE your audience is to “how well you’re doing.” Have you held their interest? Are they nodding off? Are people getting fidgety? Or, are they interrupting you with some real interesting questions? All of this will help you determine how successful you are in “running-your-mouth.” Isn’t it interesting, too, that Jesus was able to incorporate these same skill-sets every time He ran His mouth? He knew just what to say, just how to say it, and just when to hold and fold…. And this was 2000 years ago. The message Jesus had was one worth listening to, paying attention to, comprehending, and obeying. Are we listening? Are we comprehending? Are we OBEYING? In Mark 1:14-15, we’re told: Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news’ ….Blessings… cjlb…9/20/14.