Thought for the Week: Rev. Andrew Donald

These days it is easier than ever to get your views and opinions into the public arena.

You can Blog, Twitter or Tweet your way to fame, or you can let the world know what you are doing on Facebook or a multitude of other social networks.

When celebrity footballers have finished a heavy training session or football match, it seems that they like nothing better than to have a good old rant on twitter – the only problem is that they forget they are not sharing their “pearls of wisdom” with their buddy down the road, they are sharing it with the rest of the world!

There is a tried and trusted saying that some things are better left unsaid and many a footballer or manager would do well to take a deep breath and count to 10 before giving their tuppence-worth.

In the New Testament, the Book of James gives similar advice when it says, “Everyone should be quick to listen and slow to speak.”

Think of all the petty arguments that could be avoided if each one of us took those words to heart!

Footballers and other sports personalities would avoid costly tribunals for a start – but think a bit closer to home and consider how listening rather than spouting-forth might save a whole lot of bother and grief!

A new maxim for this generation might be “Twitter ye not… a lot!”