Words from the Heart for Friday February 7th, 2020
…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak…
Ecclesiastes 3:6-7 (NIV)
A Time to be Silent
In Canada, the right to silence is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The accused may not be compelled as a witness against himself in criminal proceedings. Prior to an accused being informed of their right to legal counsel, any statements they make to police are considered involuntarily compelled and are inadmissible as evidence. After being informed of the right to counsel, the accused may choose to voluntarily answer questions and those statements would be admissible.
In King Solomon’s great poem on time, he notices that there are appropriate times for doing certain things, and other times when we should do something else, or refrain from doing something that would be inappropriate. It is not always easy to get the timing right. Those of us who are by nature talkative need to develop the ability to know when to keep our mouths closed. Solomon gives wise advice in Ecclesiastes 3:6-7 about this matter, and a number of others: “…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak…” We understand the truth of what Solomon is writing here, but sometimes we can forget what he is telling us. If you lose something, there is wisdom is stopping the search, taking a step back, and thinking through where you might have left it. You want to clean out your closet, but there is wisdom in thinking through whether getting rid of everything is the best move. Use Solomon’s wisdom in your life today.
These have been words from the heart.