You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 (NLT)
You had a long day at work. You’re exhausted and you simply want to go home and relax. As soon as you get home you discover that the washing machine has stopped working, the kids are chasing each other throughout the entire house, and the mailbox is full of bills that need to be paid soon. Sound familiar?
It’s important that we don’t give our family the “scraps” from our day. Sometimes we exert all of our energy and effort at work, school, etc., then give whatever is left to our family. The Bible tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. When you’ve had a long day it can be difficult to apply this verse to your home life, especially the part about not getting angry when you’ve just been given a list of problems at home that need your attention. Your family is a blessing to you. Your possessions (car, home, money, etc.) all belong to God. Have an intentional focus on loving your family the same way that God loves you. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
Action Step: What can you do today to begin living this bible verse at home? Take a few minutes to go over this verse at the end of your work day or as you sit in the driveway before you go into your house. Be intentional about listening more and not getting angry.