May 11, 2012

Responding


"Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry." James 1:19


This scripture is written on a message board that sits right beside the sink in my kitchen.

I see it every day.

I need to see it every day.

My children are teenagers.

I wish I could say I live this verse out daily with ease and grace and that it's consistently reflected in my life and relationships, but that would not be true.

Sadly, more often than I would like, I am instead slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to get angry.

I hate that.

But there is hope because Jesus lives in me and He gives me the strength and grace I need to respond gently and with love to the people in my life.

Even to my two teenagers.

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