Everyone should be quick to listen.
How could my precious little seven year old utter such a grown up word? I'd heard inappropriate words fall my girls' lips before so I wasn't entirely surprised. And thanks to my vast parenting expertise I knew just what to do in the situation.
1) Don't react.
2) Ask my child if she knows what _____ means.
3) Calmly explain why we don't use the word.
My flawless execution of my parenting plan was followed by a barrage of repentant tears. Chalk one up for my nomination as Mother of the Year.
A day later I was in the laundry room folding clothes when my daughter walked in with that inquisitive look on her face.
"Mom, I can ask you anything right?"
"Of course, Sweetie."
"Can you explain exactly what's wrong with saying the word snacks?"
I had clearly wasted a perfectly good mom lecture. Worse I now had some apologizing of my own to do.
Sometimes I'm not a much better listener with my Father than I am with my kids. I lay out my requests to Him and wait in confident expectation He will answer. I wait until I see a glimpse of what I expect to hear and than charge full-force in my self-determined direction.
Instead I need to listen up - to turn my focus toward God and give Him my undivided attention without expectation.
Do you ever jump to conclusions when try talking with God? How do you clear the air and tune into His voice instead of your own thoughts?