Here’s the Challenge: How MUCH can one say, without saying anything…..AUDIBLY. Can we get our point across without verbalizing it? Can we communicate without opening our mouth? Can we influence others (good or bad) without verbalizing our point? How much power is there in ‘keeping one’s mouth shut?’ What can one accomplish with silence?
For me… the sky is the limit. Take Helen Keller for an example. Look at the influence she had on society, and the nation, if not the world. She found multiple forms in which to communicate. One could say that Martin Luther ‘changed the world of religion’ … without ever having ‘said a word.’ Simply by nailing his 95 Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, on 31 October 1517, Luther brought about the Protestant Reformation.
If one were to have a child serving overseas, and a Uniformed Officer shows up at your front door….with an expression that defies description… words needn’t be exchanged. Jackie Kennedy changed the world of fashion, in the early 60’s; purely by what she wore on any given day….never having to utter a word. Watching the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has had immeasurable influence on the lives of many…. For decades…without a single word being uttered. Ditto the guards at Buckingham Palace. Silence is golden.
Finally, my point…. It’s not, so much, what we say…. But what we do; how we act; who we associate with; our conduct; our presentation; the way we dress; the manner in which we walk; the respect we show others… both young and old. The impact that we have on our children… merely by glancing at them, in a certain way…. Sends an unmistakable message. Same is true with teachers… not only a glance of disapproval, but a smile of approval.
Think of the impact related in Mark 5:27-29 ….of the woman who; “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”
Think of the impact when Jesus… breathed His last breath at His crucifixion …As told in Matthew 27:51 – “And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.” ….where no word had to be spoken. And, in Philippians 4:9, it says: Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Let us remember, then… people are watching… children are listening… but the better question is… What are we doing?
….Blessings… as we all… seek to ‘leave the right impression.’ …cjlb…3/5/2018