Learning the art of the chill

A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. Prov. 17:27

Even when we are passionate about our message, sometimes we actually say more by saying less. Even when we feel justified in going off on someone, taking a deep breath with Christ helps us to respond from heart, mind, and spirit rather than simply to react from our emotions. Calm, loving, accepting, gentle, reasonable attitudes tend to create an atmosphere where communication can happen. Listening to others also helps us gain the insight we need to actually be helpful and effective when we do speak. Developing the art of the chill can help keep our relationships supportive and honest and our message stay consistent with Christ’s love and grace.

Lord, make my love loud and my tone chilled.