19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Just the other day I was standing in our main offices here at the church and a gentleman came in to drop off some papers. He was in full running gear and the minute he stepped out the door he took off running. I didn’t recognize the guy so I asked a co-worker who he was. When she stated his last name I knew I had heard it before, but I couldn’t think of where. The co-worker stated that the individual had a grandson that attended the same college that I did. I hopped on facebook and discovered that I had graduated with this individual’s grandson. I remember seeing him around campus and so I went to send him a message to tell him how cool it was that I had just ran into his grandpa.
He replied back a few hours later and informed me that it was not his grandpa….but…it was his father.
My stomach went into my throat and I got that instantaneous regret that I shouldn’t have sent the message in the first place. He then went on to say that it happens a lot because his dad is older.
It seemed as I read every word I just felt guiltier and guiltier about sending a message in the first place.
I’m the worst at putting my foot in my mouth. If you’ve ever seen Friends, I always somehow manage to be like Chandler Bing, especially if I haven’t seen the person in a very long time. I assume that nothing has changed for them and ask how the person they were dating the last time I saw them is doing….you know it is bad when you see tears gathering in the person’s eyes. I don’t do well with tears….especially from a girl. So I figure a way to get out of the situation as quick as possible.
Have you been there? Have you put your foot in your mouth? It is in those moments that I am reminded of James 1:19 and how we are to be quick to listen and slow to speak. And when we aren’t we hope that the other person fulfills the rest of James 1:19 and is slow to anger.
Feel free to leave a comment an embarrassing time you put your foot in your mouth.