James 1:19 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…
In times past when I have read that verse, I would think about having patience with people in general. I never really thought about applying it specifically to my role as a mother. But with three children just 6 months away from turning 13, 15 and 18…as of late, it has become my new favorite scripture.
A recent event in my home showed me that I can do the above. I can be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. I had the perfect opportunity to do what comes naturally to me…to react, to yell, to accuse and to assume.
I used to always think my “usual” response was a byproduct of my childhood. There was a lot of yelling that went on. But recently I have come to realize that I do this when I feel I have lost control…it’s as if I think I can somehow gain it back by reacting that way.
But the only real way to have control of a situation is to give it over to God. It is the only way I can overcome the temptation to not listen, to let whatever will be come flying out of my mouth, and to allow anger to get the better of me.
Mom, we may face difficult moments with our children but let’s strive to make James 1:19 our supernatural reaction.