“Slow down, pray, reflect.” That’s what I took away from reading the Proverbs one morning.
“The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.”Proverbs 15:28
Unfortunately, our culture often prioritizes quickly and confidently shared opinions.
Slow down. Give the matter twenty-four hours before speaking. Even better, give it a week. The tide of public concern often pulls out faster than well-informed responses can develop. Today’s flaming issue will burn out before tomorrow’s sunrise. Don’t believe me? What was the next-to-last thing that angered you online?
Pray. In prayer, we open ourselves to the reality of God’s presence and activity in the world. In prayer, we become people who see all of life through the lens of our relationship with God. Prayer itself is an acknowledgement of our need for perspective.
Reflect. The righteous person ponders, mulls over how to answer. Wise and righteous responses simply require time for contemplation and prayer. In wiser times, folks would go for a walk to gain clarity.
You can’t rush wisdom, so trust the process. Slow down, pray, and reflect.