“Can you not?”
May 4, 2022 by Brent McCoy

Man, I don’t know what the Good Lord is trying to tell me.

Let me share with you some verses from Proverbs that I have read over the past few weeks.

“An evil man is ensnared by the transgressions of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.” Proverbs 12:13

“Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.” Proverbs 12:17

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves is life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3

“By the mouth of the fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.” – Proverbs 14:3

“A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.” – Proverbs 14:5

Maybe I do know what God is trying to tell me…it’s something along the lines of “Shut it.”

Our words have power. The old adage of “sticks and stones” doesn’t really ring true. Words can hurt. Sometimes those words hurt others, sometimes they can hurt us.

We live in a society that’s a lot like cigarettes before the 1950s. Filterless. Whatever we think, that’s what we say. It doesn’t matter the subject.

We. Sound. Off. About. Every. Single. Thing.

It doesn’t matter if we know ANYTHING about the subject or not.

Can I let you in on a secret?

Here’s how I view a LOT of what people say on social media.

Let me make a correction. It’s not that “NOBODY CARES”…it’s that “I” don’t care.

I am TRYING to exercise that restraint in my own life, with my own words, and my own opinions online. NO. ONE. CARES. I am trying to say this in the most loving way possible. Can’t you tell? I am a loving person. That’s what people say about me. “Brent McCoy. So loving!” And they are right.

What I’m trying to say is when you see something that you think the world needs your input on, pump the breaks, take a deep breath, and hear my voice in your head asking this gentle question, “Can you not?”

If you want my opinion on a subject, ask me. I will tell you.

I’m asking you to offer me this same courtesy.

I love you. (See? Loving.)