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“En Boca Cerrada, No Entran Moscas”

“En Boca Cerrada, No Entran Moscas”

I took Spanish in Junior High and one of the few things I remember was this catch-phrase that teacher would say to us to get us to stop talking. “En Boca Cerrada No Entran Moscas”…it means “in a closed mouth, no flies will enter.” It was probably the teacher’s way of teaching a bit of Spanish to the gringos, mixed in with some humor and perhaps some Latino culture as well. I learned later it wasn’t the invention of my teacher but actually a very common phrase among Spanish speakers.

Do you ever talk too much? I can’t tell you how many times I have left meetings or conversations thinking I should have kept my yapper shut way more than I did…and I’m an introvert! James tells us in Chapter 3 that the tongue is harder to control than wild animals and big ships…and likened to a wildfire out of control. Proverbs 17:28 says “even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, an discerning if he holds his tongue.” Try sticking your name in for “fool” once in a while for a wake-up call.

We have two ears and only one mouth. Shouldn’t we listen at least ½ as much as we talk? I know those around me will benefit if I do. Not to mention all the flies we can save!!!

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