In the world but not of it

November 18, 2009

I spoke too soon…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful
and foolish. Proverbs 18:13

You may have heard of foot and mouth disease, something that
plagued the livestock of the UK a few years back. There is another condition
that plagues us with a similar name. It is called “foot IN mouth disease”.

The reality, however, is that this is not a disease but
rather a part of our sin nature. It is essentially what this passage is seeking
to describe. With certainty I would say that we have all experienced foot in
mouth. We have all spoken too early and reacted to soon.

What is it about us that wants to constantly get our two
cents into the conversation? Why are we so quick to react and arrive at a set
of conclusions when we have not first weighed all the facts or even all the
possible reasons?

There is an inherent desire in us all to want to be right.
We want to be vindicated. We want to get the credit and the glory. Ultimately I
see my foolish and impulsive reactions to situations as nothing more than a
form of pride. It is just another way that pride manifests itself in us.

Lord, I pray for the wisdom to be patient during times of anxiety and
stress. I pray that you would create in me a spirit of willingness to listen
and one of understanding especially when I’m confronted with situations where I
don’t have all the facts or only see one side of the story. Let my life be an
example of how to handle times like this.

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