Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shut it!

Lead with your ears, follow with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear...(James 1:19 from The Message)

Get out a little nail and hammer, because this is a great message to hang on the wall of our hearts, and a perfect gut-check for every relationship, whether it's at home or at work, with the kids or with your somewhat incompetent co-worker...God.
Some verses just really drive it home don't they? That's one of the things I love about the bible. You don't find that kind of honesty in the every day humdrum. Getting hammered with a verse now and then is actually good for the soul, wouldn't you agree? After all, if it was all so agreeable and natural for us, what would be the point?

This verse falls in line with the teaching of Christ. Set in such stark contrast from the worlds ways, the best leaders are the ones who serve, and so of course, the best way to lead would be to....listen?
Yes. Not always whipping out the arsenal of summaries or theologies to be pitched or delivered, giving our 2 cents, but instead to just be still and listen.

To sum it up: Shut it!
Open your ears and make room for patience to persevere, squelching that natural anger and allowing, even yielding the right of way to real wisdom. Even when your light was green. Even when your wheels came to a stop first.

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