Verse 19 and 20 of today's reading strikes me... "You must understand this, my beloved:* let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. " This verse speaks to me because so often I find myself jumping to conclusions... assuming what another is doing or assuming why. This destructive behavior is something so many of us in the DC area are guilty of. We are highly organized, highly productive people who have mastered the art of multi-tasking. When others do things that are disappointing to us, it's easy to jump to a conclusion as to why that person acted in that way. We seldom take the time to listen and understand.
Listening is the biggest part of this. I noticed on a recent vacation that throughout the resort area where we were staying there was always music playing or videos or something that was playing on the airways. There wasn't any time for silence. In a world where so many aspects of our lives are filled with stimuli of some sort, it's difficult to take the time to listen and understand one another - it's easier to just assume we know what's going on and why and allow ourselves to get angry rather than to really take the time to understand the other.