Sometimes that click you hear under your foot really is a landmine!
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 NIV 1984
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… 1 Peter 3:15 NIV 1984
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV 1984
How many times have you done or said something that you think immediately afterwards – Oh, no! Ooops! Wish I could rewind that tape! Thinking before you speak or act is a mark of maturity and self-control. It is a sign of Kingdom wisdom.
The authority that leaders carry by position or reputation can leave behind wreckage in the lives of many if we are not careful in how we act or speak. While we have the right to have thoughts and opinions about all things, it is not wise to share or act upon them without first realizing the potential impact on those around us. You will be imitated and quoted!
I’m not talking about political correctness here. There are times when Kingdom leaders must stand for what is right and go against the cultural tide. What I’m referring to are the unfiltered, knee-jerk responses that unintentionally wound others simply because we don’t stop to think before we act or speak. Someone put it this way, “Your reactions are showing!”
Paul’s exhortations to us in the passages above are to, “be wise,” “be prepared,” and “be very careful” with respect to our speech and actions, especially as we relate to an unbelieving world. We would do well to heed these reminders.
How are your recent interactions with others – family, team members, or outsiders?
Are your reactions showing?