I’ve been visiting my family in Canada the last few days and one of the things my mother and I enjoy doing is going to the market and the local farm to purchase produce and meat. Most farmers have dogs and this one was no exception. As we drove onto the property, two dogs greeted us with wagging tails and of course, barking. But we noticed that only one dog was doing the barking! He just yapped like crazy, letting his owner know that “Someone is here!!”
The other dog went somewhere else, quietly and efficiently. The next thing we know, the owner comes out with the no-nonsense, no-barking dog to see what we needed. Of course, it was hilarious, because we knew exactly what was going on! The owner probably didn’t give it a second thought that the yapping dog was doing what he did best.
It reminds me of humans. There are those who like to talk, talk, talk. Nothing much gets said, but they like to hear themselves “bark!”
And there are those who know when to talk and when to spare the words.
This doesn’t mean that a person who “has the gift of the gab” has meaningless conversation. Wisdom is the deciding factor. Proverbs 20:11 puts it beautifully: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
Does what you say have thought and meaning behind it? Or does the hearer know that it’s just a bunch o’ yap?