“I am learning to play the piano!” Sky started to tell her best friend Anna. She was so excited! “I had my first lesson yesterday after school and … ”
Anna interrupted, “That’s cool, but guess what? My brother just got a drum set and he said he’ll teach me to play some. But hey, gotta run, I see my mom ready to pick me up. Bye!”
As Anna ran off, Sky’s smile disappeared. She’d wanted to talk to Anna about her excitement. She loved Anna, they really were best friends, but why did Anna always have to change the conversation to be about her? And why did she always interrupt when Sky wanted to tell her something? Slowly, Sky walked to the curb where her own mom was waiting.
“How was school, honey?”
Sky started to cry a little and told her mom what had just happened.
“I’m sorry, Sky. But you know, the Bible talks about this. James 1:19 says, ‘Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.’ That means, that it’s more important to listen to others than to make sure they know what you’re thinking.”
“I can see how that’s true,” Sky answered slowly. “But it also says ‘be slow to get angry.’ I guess that means I shouldn’t be mad at Anna either.”
“Right,” said Mom. “Anna and her family love Jesus, too. I’m sure that in time God will teach her the same lesson.”
When have you been so anxious to talk that you didn’t listen to someone else?