Are you quick to adopt the latest technology? Quick to accept change? Quick to hit the gym or do your daily workout? Quick to let go of resentment?
In many ways I’m a slow mover. The analytic in me likes to thoroughly ruminate before making a move. The zealous thinking can have it’s benefits but it’s also proven to be a shortfall. Too much time thinking yields less time for decisive action.
Yesterday, I came across a passage of scripture in James that stood out to me and this morning I awaken with it in my mind.
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19
I’m not one that does a lot of talking and typically it takes quite a bit to get me to a point of anger. Yet, I was gently reminded that I wasn’t fulfilling this quick, slow, slow method describe in James.
I heard what the other person was saying but I wasn’t truly listening. I was quickly trying to find the proper way to articulate my point of view. Get them to see it the right way—“my way” mind you.
I allowed my disappointment, my hurt, my need to be right to get me moving in the quick, quick, slow pattern.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6
What patterns have you found yourself moving in this week?