Be Slow to React, Quick to Hear

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God’s always working with me but lately I feel He’s really trying to get me to “slow down”. Just today, hubby said to me that I move in “light speed” referring to how quickly I learn. Well…when it comes to computer software I guess! hee hee! But I find myself moving in 10x in other ways like: responding to emails, eating, doing housework, even walking down the grocery aisle. I shouldn’t be in such a hurry but it seems I want to get things done fast. It’s been causing me some stress lately and I know I need to slow down.

For the most part, I like to be proactive. But, there are times when I have to be slow to react and quick to listen. In other words, re-read that email response before I hit send. Is it what I really want to say? Before I attach that flyer design or report, did I thoroughly proof it? Did I have to call that sister or brother right back before double checking my schedule? What is so earth shattering that I have to live my life in “beam me up Scotty” mode?! I make more mistakes being quick than being deliberate.

Hubby is just the opposite of me. I so admire how he is slow to react. He carefully and meticulously examines a situation before he responds. Plus, he prays first. I go by the seat of my pants! And I fall down head first every time. So, when I realized how God was trying to get me to be slow to react, I’m beginning to pay attention…and the headaches got my attention too! I tell myself to “breathe, take my time, no need to rush”. Even with writing this blog post, I deliberately took my time with it and re-read it changing it along the way so it flows better.

I think I have this thought in my back of my head of how long I wasted time and now that I’m walking with The Lord and a little bit wiser I don’t want to take time for granted. However, with everything in life God wants us to enjoy the process. He says to be quick to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19) and definitely slow to be angry. Just think, how much stress could we eliminate from our lives if we acted on this scripture all the time?!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.