Foot in Mouth

Posted by Dave Clayton on

It is amazing how often I put my foot in my mouth. If I had a dollar for every time I have said to Sydney "I really wish I wouldn't have said that" or "How was I supposed to know she wasn't pregnant" or "who knew they had just broken up" -- I would be a rich man. 

I hate when I do that.  

I was thinking about this today, and started thinking about James 1:19 where James says: 

"My dear brothers, take note of this: everyone should be slow to speak, quick to listen, and slow to get angry." 

I can think of dozens, maybe even hundreds of situations that would have turned out differently had a paused for a moment and taken a minute to listen instead of opening my big mouth. I have often spoken during the heat of the moment, and then spent the next several days cleaning up the mess my mouth had made.

I was thinking about this today as I was wrestling with a couple of frustrating situations. I really just wanted to call someone and talk about it immediately, but decided it would be wise to simply pray, think, and listen to the opinion of others.

I'm glad I did. The situation was not nearly as bad as I had once thought it was. The thing that had caused me to become so frustrated was little more than an inconvenience.

Next time you are frustrated by something you hear. Next time you are caught up in a difficult situation. Next time you are ready to give somebody a piece of your mind...pause for a moment, reflect on the words of James, and allow God to speak through your silence.

After all, we just might be the ones that need to listen.

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