If you know me, you know that I like when things are fun. The more fun something is, the better!
And, today, I had to learn a not-so-fun lesson…
I had to bite my tongue and walk away from some unnecessary rudeness that was directed towards me.
What I wanted to do was react–I was angry!
What I chose to do was to walk away and to forgive.
Everything within me wanted to lash out. The words were right there, aimed and ready to be fired.
Honestly! I’m a student at Rhema! I sit under the Word for 3 hours a day. And I can’t control my tongue?
It was this thought that stopped me from doing something stupid, from tearing someone to shreds over nothing, really. The lady was being herself and I know her heart was not to send me into a frenzy.
Why am I sharing this story?
Because words matter and reputations are ruined in minutes.
And here’s a reason even better than not making yourself look like a fool:
Every person matters. Tearing someone down is destroying what God says is most important.
This is why the Bible talks a lot about how to interact with others–and giving someone a piece of your mind is not one of God’s instructions.
Now, let me throw the grenade, the thought that had me repenting pretty fast:
How many times have I been forgiven for being careless with my words?
Put down your weapons, Audra. This is no time to attack.
Some lessons are not fun to learn. The sooner you learn them, though, the sooner you can get back to helping and loving others, which is the most fun you and I will ever have.