Monday, September 9, 2019


Bishop Lance Webb used to tell a story about a little five-year-old boy with a bad temper. He misbehaved one day. His mother decided to make him spend some time along to think about what he had done. She had a large clothes closet with a light inside. So, she made him sit on a chair inside the closet for thirty minutes. Soon after he was placed inside, she heard strange noises. Then there was quiet. When she opened the door, all her clothes had been pulled down off hangers and were in a pile. “Jimmy,” she said. “What have you done?” The little boy replied defiantly, “I just spit all over your clothes. Then I spit all over your shoes. Now I’m just sitting here waiting on more spit.”

Haven’t you met some adults who look like they’re just sitting around waiting on more spit? Have you ever been one of them? A word from the book of James is appropriate: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)