Well friends, it’s a crazy time. I’ve got more list than day right now, and I’m sure many of you know what I mean! The notes that I made for a long post, one processing what we do before we say hard things, have been laying on my desk for weeks, but I don’t have the capacity to write it all at one time, so…
I’m going to send them in little bits. Maybe it will be better to process it that way anyway. 🙂
In the meantime, we can still stay more connected. I’m posting regularly on Instagram and Facebook, and I’m working hard to up the value of my posts for my followers. If you haven’t taken a listen to Grit ‘n’ Grace, the podcast that I co-host with Cheri Gregory, that’s a place where we can connect while you’re on the go. Please join me at one of those places!
Tip #1: Before You Say the Hard Thing… Wait.
Quick responses often miss the mark of being Christlike.
Instead of speaking or typing an answer right away or feeling pressure to respond, pause. James 1:19 instructs us well, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
My personal rule is to wait 24-hours before I even begin to craft what I want to say or write. I broke my own rule a few weeks ago and wrote a rude reply when I was frazzled.
I apologized quickly to restore a sweet relationship, but I rolled around in regret for a little while. I know better! In yet another lesson learned from a hard-knock of my own making, I re-resolved to wait 24-hours before speaking up in a tough situation.
What do you think? Would waiting be a helpful tool as you grow in speaking up in more godly ways?