Be self-controlled and alert. 1 Peter 5:8
Last week I discussed the topic of over-sharing. I suggested that you use my W.A,I.T. technique of monitoring your mouth. Now not many people would be aware that I am by nature an introvert. I am so content within the boundaries of my little abode. Give me an interesting book, a laptop upon which to create, and a glass of iced, minted tea and I am a happy girl.
Crowds are not my thing. When I am in public, I am often on high alert. As a woman pastor, some people delight in the mind games of discussing theological points of debate. I have learned through experience that it is much better to listen and reflect back for clarification. Discussing rationally becomes radicalized when it comes to statements of faith and the particular practices of various denominations. So I try, as much as possible, to exercise restraint when choosing my words.
When I feel as if I am getting a cold, I might load up on vitamin C and get some extra rest. I try to catch it early. So with my words, it is so much easier to use my W.A.I.T. technique. I try to catch my words early before they can incite an argument or spread sparks of gossip. Our heated words can ignite forest fires of hatred. Or they can be the cooling balm of reason. Or wonderful words of love. You get to choose your words. Use self-control and be alert. Someone is always listening.
Once again, Oh Lord, I ask for you to anoint my mind and mouth. Linda