"Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. "
Attitude is everything. Some people exude attitudes that can be plainly seen when they enter a room. They are on a mission, a personal mission to enlighten the world on their innate wisdom. They are on the lookout for mistakes, carefully marking and planning the appropriate time to lash out and help an unsuspecting victim. They walk tall, shoulders puffed, knowing full well they are put on this earth solely to enlighten every path they pass.
Sadly, feelings of self-worth are fulfilled this way. At times this is due to an issue that relies on self assurance. Maybe they lack their own personal gratification for doing a job well done. Or, they feel so high and mighty that they are the only individuals who can perform the task well - with utterly no mistakes. Often they are nwilling to allow colleagues to aide them in any business matter for fear it will not be up to par.
Besides human stature, attitudes rest mainly in words . Ecclesiastes states, "Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before
God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be
few. " Let your words be few. That is something to ponder. It is difficult for words to be few if we are on a mission to correct things that irritate us. How is your attitude? Are you easily irritated, quick to reprimand? How do you carry yourself? Are you easily approachable? Do people have a tendency to steer off path when they enter your space? How are you at home? Are you untouchable? Aggravated? Easily frustrated?
I recently received an email from a reader. She spoke of a spelling error on my blog Academic Learning Coach. Most days I invite various comments pertaining to my blog and enjoy replying. This comment ended with, "It is ironic that such an error was made on a site titled Academic Learning Coach." I was struck blindsided. I did not know this person, and I wonder what would have prompted such an illicit comment. Was that supposed to have me question my own character? My purpose in establishing the blog? It began with a genuine affection to clarify an error, but turned ugly in a vengeance for some unknown personal justice.
Do not speak hastily God asks of us. Check your stature; can people see you are a soldier of Christ? Remember only offer advice if you're asked.
1. Be careful of unspoken words. Think before acting.
2. Don't be on the war path to seek perfection. Sit back and enjoy life. Know that you can learn something from EVERYONE.
3. Check your body language. God placed us together to help and support each other, not for you to win a solo battle of personal justification.
4. Say one kind word to everyone you meet today.
5. Smile and say hello to strangers you pass this week.
6. When you become irritated over someone's way of doing things, sit back, take a breath and rethink your upcoming action.