I did it again last week.
I atually do it all the time.
I was at my office and in a conversation with a co-worker. I cut them off so I could say what I wanted to say, not allowing them time to even finish their sentence. I felt the need to interrupt them so that I could speak, as if my words were more important than the words they were in the middle of speaking.
I actually have always had this problem.
I talk too much.
For those that know me well, they know I am prone to long explanations and lengthy verbal replies. My family in particular gets many of these type responses (my poor family!). When I study the Bible or I am doing any type of Bible reading, I usually brush over the numerous verses that talk about this topic. This verse below though has become one of my favorites as it relates to this:
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 (NIV)
Many take this verse from James and focus on the last part of it, about keeping your cool and not blowing your top. But A Real Christian Businessman looks at the first two parts to this verse equally or even more importantly than the last – listening and speaking.
We all need encouragement to be good listeners, and to choose wisely when we should speak. This verse was actually written as an encouragement; to be used as guidance as to what actions we should take in the marketplace as businessmen and as leaders in our homes.
I challenge you to take this verse with you into the New Year. Try committing it to memory. The results of doing this will surprise you.
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