Sunday, March 7, 2010
Rude and Ruder
I remember the title of a movie that came out a few years ago. "Dumb and Dumber" was the movie. I never saw it, but the fact that a movie would be titled that stuck with me. (Some day I'll do a post about misused words - starting with "dumb").
Today's topic is the Rude Tongue. The author speaks to our busy lives and all the devices we employ to make us more 'efficient.' We are all in a hurry and we all expect instant results.
On Friday Google was having some trouble with e-mail and with blogs. It was making me crazy. I had gotten up at 4:30 a.m. to put the child with a field trip to NYC on her bus. I knew the bus wasn't returning until midnight. I was, a bit cranky during the day (except for when I was drumming. That was the high point of the day). Every other Friday evening we have a Bible study group in our home. I know my heart and my energy was less than normally engaged. So when Google was slow, I was . . . um . . . rude. To everyone in my household. Saturday was so busy that my brow furrowed with dark thoughts more and more. By 3 p.m. I was about to explode. So I went to take a nap. I'm sure my family and the entire Washington DC metro area sighed with relief.
I find that when I am tired or feeling pressed for time, I am more inclined to be rudely impatient. And I am more likely to express it verbally. Why can't I remember that God has ordained my time and I will not be any earlier or any more late than what He already knows will be the case? And if the God of the universe is okay with it, then I should be too.
Ahh...Lord, forgive my impatience. Help my family forgive my rudeness and uncharitable behavior. Help me to remember to seek you first before opening my mouth. Again. Amen.