The Intersection: Learn Not to Burn!
At each intersection of life there is the potential of you meeting someone, at school, in our neighborhoods, at the beach, at church, at the mall, at the stop sign, a friend of a friend, even online. How many times have you made an intersection with someone you did not know? Was it a good experience or was it a bad experience? Have you ever met someone in person or online and later wished you had never met them? In our world today you are bound to run across someone who will miss represent themselves to you, and if you are not prepared it could change your life and those you love forever.
In life there are some rules that supersede others. Yes, there are some rules, if put in place and
memorized, can potentially save your life. For instance, the National Fire Protection Association found it necessary to include the basic rule Stop, Drop, and Role in the Public Education portion of the Elementary School System. The NFPA and the Educational System thought this procedure was so important that children should not only learn it, but they should also memorize it. Public school systems now teach the complete lessen “Learn not to burn” to 1st graders across the country. Everyone knows to stop, drop and roll, when they find themselves on fire.
For Christians it is just as important to have some biblical principles in place as common procedure to avoid burning. If in life there are some rules that supersede others, isn’t it important that we know those rules? If we teach our kids some procedures at an early age, they too can learn the basic procedure to bring them to total recall when needed.
It is becoming very apparent that some rules and practices should be taught, repeated and memorized by adults and even children who have made the choice to live for Christ. Something as routine as a traffic stop for a busted tail light, by the police, when encountered by our young and old, has been proven to be not so basic and not so routine. We should teach our young men and women the procedure that our Heavenly Father thought was important enough to put in His word.
James 1:19 - 20 says, 19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: (and it goes on to say) 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” This scripture holds a lot of weight in so many situations we encounter in our walk with Christ. It is important to know that James is speaking to believers. I love this process when it is put in application form, it works!
When meeting someone for the first time why would the practice of becoming swift to hear be an asset to a Christian? We as Christian should be of one mind and that mind is of Christ. There is a lot you can learn from a person’s conversation. In Colossians 4:6 Paul says, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.” Paul here is talking about general conversation, everyday conversations. If you let a person talk long enough perhaps they may say something that would cause you to raise a red flag!
Why would the practice of being slow to speak be an asset? Giving all of your personal information to someone you just met is not a wise. Too much personal information on your social networking page can set you up for all sorts of disasters. Information oversharing has led to home invasion and even death. Talking to much will cause you to not hear the very thing that would perhaps save your life.
Let’s pay more attention to past human errors. When we don’t learn from our past we will commit the same atrocities as those who have gone on before us. By making it a habit of being swift to
hear causes us listen, really understand what a person is saying to you. Slow to speak, wait, wait long enough to let your initial impulse past, wait long enough to pray on what is being said, even long enough to get some clarity on the information. Last but certainly not least, slow to anger, your responds should be with grace and with the same clarity you were seeking from that person you were listing to. Season your words with lovingness and be pithy and concise. We may not know what our future holds, however scripture tell us to stay alert, be watchful because the enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
See you at the next intersection☺