Shut Up and Listen

Shut Up and Listen

James 1:19:20

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Truer words could not be written or spoken.

When I think about any regrets I have in my life it is generally things things I have said.  And the things I regret were statements made without giving pause prior to them leaving my tongue.  They were things said when my filter was turned off.

What caused my filter to shutdown?  Anger. Continue reading

Biblical Teamwork

Biblical Teamwork

Romans 12:3-9

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

I read this passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans and my first thought was this is a very early example of Stephen Covey’s Habit number six, Synergize, or the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

It’s one of the first references in the Bible that I noticed about teamwork. Continue reading