by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.” (James 1:19, MSG)
I like the imagery that James gives us with this verse about posting it at all intersections. I was the recipient of a road rage incident the other day, because I wasn’t as keen on pulling into oncoming traffic as the person behind me believed I should have been. I couldn’t help but think how a car can turn an otherwise docile person into a rage monster. I haven’t just been a recipient, I’ve also been a perpetrator…a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. James’ wisdom would go well at many many intersections, wouldn’t it?
What about the intersections between people, too? Of course! We can easily bump into others, cut people off, improperly change lanes, or speed right past someone in need. Such reactions could definitely illicit anger, and for that reason, we all must be careful.
The old adage applies here that God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason. May we remember that at every intersection in life, and leave anger far back in the rear.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for making me in such a way that I should listen twice as much as I speak. I confess how hard that it for me to do, at times, and the consequences aren’t always pretty. Forgive me, help me forgive others who bump into me, and seek forgiveness from those I wrong, too. I ask this I Jesus’ name. Amen.