Monday, March 5, 2012

The Love Dare - Day 1

Today's Dare: The first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It's better to hold your tongue than to say something you'll regret. Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19)

For some folks, my husband included, this is a relatively easy challenge. But for me, this is HARD. I am so not good at holding my tongue. I remember as a child and teen, reading books, that some wrong or slight would be done to the heroine and I'd get frustrated, thinking "well, why doesn't she just speak up and tell them what happened". While I think speaking up has its merits, I know that I do it too much. I'm a very verbal person, so I like to talk. A lot. But negative speech is not productive speech. I need to be aware of that tendency in myself and guard against it. So far I haven't been put to the test by my spouse (he left the house pretty early this morning and we've only communicated once via text), but we shall see what the day holds.