Scripture to reflect upon: James 3:13 (The Message)Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.
If you’re not reading the bible on the daily basis, you are missing out on your daily instructions on how to start your day and live your life. Here’s what you do…
Not too long ago I had an issue with my bank statement. I called and spoke to a customer service rep but she was not explaining it to the point that I could understand the error. Whenever I would try to tell her how I interpreted it, she would mock me and laugh at me in a snide tone as if I were stupid.
I think I’m a fairly intelligent person, so when someone talks down to me like this, I tend to get a bit defensive. The madder I got, the more I could visualize this woman holding the phone away from her ear and making that coo-coo motion with her finger around her ear; that only added fuel to my fire blazing.
I ended up telling her how rude she was and then hung up on her (I hate that cell phones don’t allow you the privilege of that great, loud click by slamming the phone down on the receiver anymore!). My father-in-law, who just so happened to be an accountant at one time, came over almost immediately after this call and I told him the situation. He calmly got a piece of paper out and showed me that the error was indeed mine and not the bank. It made sense the way he explained it, but nonetheless, I had to humble myself.
I then called the bank back and asked for the teller I had spoken to. She was unavailable and I asked if I could leave a message for her. I told the person on the line to please tell her that I was sorry for yelling and getting so upset with her, that she was right and I was indeed wrong, and I hope she’d forgive me and not let it ruin her day. The woman who took the message was incredibly moved that anyone would do that!
We are called to be examples in this cruel and ugly world. When I’m wrong, you can count on me admitting my mistake! I may have great pride in always wanting to be right, but I don’t deny myself the glory to reveal Christ in me by saying I’m wrong and then making it right. (Make my spirit right again. Psalm 51:10.)
I could have merely said, “I was wrong,” to my father-in-law, and that be that. But that’s not enough. Actions speak louder than words. Saying I was wrong is only part of living well, wise and humbly. Saying I’m sorry and making my wrong right is what really counts!
NOTE TO SELF: Live your words. Live like you know what the bible tells you to do. Make the bible your daily instructions manual on how to live. (All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17)