Slow to Listen, Quick to Speak
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.
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.