Acting Quickly

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Someone sent me this as true, if it isn’t it should be.

Sarasota, Florida.
An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her voice, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!” The four men didn’t wait for a second invitation. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then it dawned on her why. For the same reason she did not understand why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12 packs in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed.

I love that story. It reminds me that even though we are completely convinced that we are right, we can still be wrong. How many times have you done something similar? No, you haven’t pulled a gun and but you just KNEW that you were right and the other guy was wrong. And then when the smoke cleared, you had an apology you needed to give.

How many times have I done it? I put my foot in my mouth by speaking before I know the whole story. Do you ever do that. I call it, the foot in the mouth disease.

Listen to James 1:19 in the Philips translation. He has some great insight to help us avoid this trap.

In view of what he has made us then, dear brothers, let every man be quick to listen but slow to use his tongue, and slow to lose his temper. For man’s temper is never the means of achieving God’s true goodness.

Be quick to listen. You have two ears but only one mouth. Use these parts in that proportion. Listen twice as much as you speak. Learn the facts first, and whatever you do, control your temper. You might just keep the foot out of the mouth for a change.

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