Slow to Listen, Quick to Speak

Published: 24 November 2005 | 2 comments

You wake up and are ready to face the day. You get to work and are ready to complete what you didn’t the day before. Things are going great and then in happens. A website you were working on weeks ago that was put on hold because of other projects, school and a lack of communication from the persons who wanted the site done has now re-surfaced. They ask for a progress report among other things. You think to yourself, “A progress report? You guys haven’t even responded to the e-mail we sent you with the design we did long ago.”

Since the past few weeks have been a bit rough and you have a lot of things to finish up you get a little frustrated. You try to explain to your co-worker what to tell them but you can’t seem to explain it clearly. The frustration builds and then your co-worker points out that there are errors on the website. It all goes downhill from there. You get upset and while your co-worker tries to tell you what is wrong, you start trying to explain again and assume that you know what they are talking about. Through all of that the Lord was trying to tell you to stop, take a breath, listen to your co-worker and then deal with the situation. But you didn’t.

After a little while (well this actually all takes place in about 5 mintues) you eventually be quiet and say you’ll look into it and fix it. You stop and pray a little, asking the Lord to forgive you and help you. You actually wish you could go home, but of course you can’t. Stick it out you must.

Then the Lord speaks to you again, reminding you of His Word.

James 1:19-20

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

My don’t you feel stupid.

The website is fixed, the e-mail sent and an apology given to your co-worker. You get through most of the other things you had to finish up and then finally head home.

Lord, please help me to be quick to listen and slow to speak and become angry. Help me not to lose my cool and get upset with those around me, especially if it’s not their fault. Lord please give me patience and help me to be respectful at all times. Thank you for your mercy and your love. Mold my heart, transform my mind and conform my will to yours. Create in me a deeper desire to be more like your son Jesus. AMEN.



gravatar Mark Priestap — 25 November 2005
Ah yes…the biggest thing (besides pride and lack of faith) that prevents me from sharing Jesus with my co-workers; my history of attitude problems. Thanks for the encouragement Yannick. May the Lord continue His work in us. May we hear “Well done…” before His throne.

I really like your heart – it is encouraging and convicting that a younger guy like you is willing to put his career on the line through open acknowledgment of Christ because of your love & faith in Him. Yours and Nathan’s zeal is catchy.
gravatar Yannick (Author) — 26 November 2005
Thanks Mark. Hehe not sure if I put my job on the line, I hope I didn’t.

It was one of those moments when I should have listened to the Lord, but didn’t and it showed. I’m still learning though, we all are. I am happy this was able to encourage you. I hope it will encourage others as well and that they will learn from my mistake and try not to let it happen to them.

Indeed may the Lord continue to mold our heart, transform our mind and confrom our will to be in line with his will.

God Bless you Mark and God Bless you all.

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