Has a word ever just stuck in your head. Today the word "deliberate" is resinating with me.
Yesterday, I took my kids to the park. While I was there a noticed 3 boys were holding one boy while another one punched him. I totally lost my cool. I ran over and screamed at these boys like a crazy woman, telling them to leave the kid alone. The fight broke up and then 15 minutes later I noticed these boys grabbing my son to do the same thing to him. Again, I screamed at these same kids....I left the park feeling horrible. Something in my heart told me the way I handled this was not RIGHT.
This morning when I was praying, I felt like God spoke the word Deliberate. And then I realized that I had missed an opportunity to teach these boys about how God calls us to love one another. Instead of screaming at them, I should have walked over and told them why this behavior was wrong and how God wants us to treat each other.
I kept on thinking about the word "DELIBERATE". How often I just speak without thinking. I react to situations with little thought.
I know a few people who are very deliberate in what they say. The first person who comes to my mind is my husband, Evan. I can tell when he speaks, that he is deliberate in his answers. My sister's husband Dave is also very deliberate when he speaks too.
My prayer is that I stop and really think before I speak.
A fool often speaks and later reflects on what he has said. In contrast, a wise man considers his words before he speaks Colossians 4:6