The last word

Have you ever met one of those people who have to have the last word. I worked with one person in particular who, it didn’t matter how wrong they were, just had to have the last word. I’ve got one word for that- foolishness.

There is no more humbling feeling than having to eat your own words, especially when you went out of your way to argue a point.

Early in my teaching career we were taught that when dealing with an angry parent, most of the times it doesn’t really pay to argue with them. Without admitting any wrongdoing necessarily, the key to getting on every enraged parents good side was to apologize. I also recall an angry parent when I told him I’m sorry you feel that way and then proceeded to explain why things were the way they were. When I began my explanation with that simple “I’m sorry you feel that way” his blood pressure immediately came down a notch and he became a much more reasonable person to deal with.

Proverbs 13:3 states”those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.” How true it is that we all need to do a better job of controlling our tongues. Sometimes the best answer is no answer. That can also be true when we ask God for something.

Don’t we often get frustrated because God doesn’t answer out prayers the way we wanted Him to, or possibly not at all. Well, isnt saying no an answer. Sometimes when God doesn’t respond right away, that just means the answer is no. With our sharp tongues we may curse God or blame Him for not answering, much in the same way we get angry with people because they’re wrong, or heaven forbid, because we don’t agree with them.

I encourage you, control your tongue. Be slow to speak. Don’t go around complaining or feeling like you need the last word.

 

BE blessed. Be a blessing.

Joel

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “The last word

  1. In dealing with upset guests in the restaurant a good manager is taught to always apologize, never admit fault, but most importantly listen to what they have to say. 99.9% of the time just listening to them calms them down because someone cares about their perceived problem.

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