When I was in seminary, one of my professors was teaching on the importance of Christian patience and discernment. He told us in a most serious manner, “Remember, dear ones: the first person to hit the gas is the first person to get T-boned.” We wanted to laugh (I know I did) but you couldn’t. The lesson was too real, too personal, and something that we all could all relate to.
19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. —James 1
When we fire off the line too quick, we place ourselves in all sorts of danger. If you read on in James chapter 3, you learn that words are dangerous and that an untamed tongue can do unthinkable damage. Another professor of mine used to ask us if when we asked a question of depth, if it was possible for him to think on it and respond to us in the next couple of days. SERIOUSLY?! I remember thinking that a man of such wisdom and knowledge ought to be able to spout off any number of acceptable answers. Ten years later, I’m learning that words aren’t cheap and any amount of time we have to dwell on them is sacred—sacramental even.
My encouragement for your spiritual life is the same encouragement my wife gives me while driving: “Don’t worry about the other cars on the road so much. Pay attention to where you are going. Besides, you’re carrying precious cargo.”
If you carry Jesus around in your heart, remember how precious that cargo is and how much meaning and value it brings to your life. Don’t rush off the moment the light turns green and risk getting T-boned. Contemplate the depth of God’s riches and let them bless your life.