Slow to Speak

Have you ever noticed what a great companion a pet can be? They snuggle up to you when you are feeling down or under the weather. And when you need someone to listen, they’re faultless.

Take for example Vern. He’s a great listener. He never interrupts us when we are talking or sharing what’s on our hearts and minds. When asked, he will give us his undivided attention. All we have to do in return is give him a pet on the head or cuddle up beside him.

So why do you think people can’t be more like Vern and listen without interrupting? Some have their minds made up and don’t listen at all, just waiting for an opportunity to share what they believe is more important than what you are saying. Or how about the people who have a set script in mind and an angry attitude to go with it?

The book of James was written in a time period where there was a lot of persecution and unfair treatment. People could easily become angry over the trials they were having to live with. God was aware of this and so he provided the Holy Spirit to James to write words. Powerful words for the purpose of equipping the believers for the upcoming harassment they would have to endure.

“Understanding this, my dear brothers and sisters; you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19 New Living Translation)

We all can grow in our willingness to listen, particularly when we’re angry. By saying nothing at all. The next time you’re upset with someone, try listening before reacting. It might change your perspective on the situation. And as a reminder, put your pet in your lap and imitate their actions.  

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

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