Too often I act on impulse. I speak or act without hesitation and more often than not find myself regretting my hasty reaction.
I found too much of myself reflected in zenhabits’ post “The Pause Upon Which All else Relies”
When we fail, it’s because we act on urges without thinking, without realizing it…What if instead we learned to pause after each urge? What if we stopped, looked at that urge, paid close attention to what it feels like inside our bodies, but didn’t act?…
If we can pause, we create space. Space to breathe, to think, to be without acting.
Leo does an excellent job of mounting an argument for being mindful of our urges and intentional about creating pauses but as a follower of Christ and inhabited by the Holy Spirit I’d like to add this encouragement.
This Pause creates space for the Holy Spirit to speak.
My urges are sinful, selfish, and prideful and when I act immediately I’m doing so with consideration for only myself. When I pause I provide an opportunity for God to breathe truth and perspective into the moment.
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. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:19-21
As we ingest God’s Word daily into our lives let us give God room to breathe that Word back into us and make us mindful. That is the power of God to transform my actions. That is the power of God’s Word to save me, even from my own urges.
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29