I know for most of us living out James 1:19 is a work in progress. We tell ourselves we will think before we react, but in the heat of the moment it's not easy. This is one area God has dealt with Tim and I from the beginning of our marriage. It's easy when emotions are high to respond out of anger, to say things we wish we could take back, and lay our head down on our pillow at night with regret.
One evening last week my oldest daughter, Aubriauna walked into the room to hug me goodnight. We got to talking about a conversation she had with a friend some time back and it was in confidence. It got back to her that her friend had repeated the conversation and it was really hard on her emotionally and she was having a hard time getting past it.
I asked her if she called this person out on it and she said she really wanted to, but she's learning that's not always the best solution.
She said "I have started thinking before I respond to others. Will I regret this response later tonight when I'm going over my day? Will I have to go back and apologize?" I know my girl is smart and full of Godly wisdom, but I was honestly blown away by the fact that my 18-year-old daughter has put this into practice at such a young age. Seriously, how far in life is she going to go with this concept?!
It was such an encouragement to me, so I wanted to share with all of you. If emotions are getting high try to be quick to listen and slow to speak and see how it changes the outcome. We cannot control other people, but we can control ourselves, so "THINK" before you react. You have no idea what the other persons day has been like, what they may be facing personally, or maybe they just need some food and hydration...haha!!