When Your Snarky Side Comes Out
Yesterday my snarky side came out. It wasn’t pretty, and I am still confessing it even though I know once is enough. I must have this inner desire to be a caped crusader for the meek, because when I see someone being a bully, I want to send them into outer-space immediately. And I sort of did yesterday.
Well, not the outer-space part; I haven’t refined that talent yet. But before I could stop, my mouth opened wide, and I told the nasty woman she was out of line, and she needed to be nicer to the maintenance worker she was bullying. She got even meaner, now towards me too.
Oh man, Becky. You need a zipper. A mouth zipper. With a lock and key.
God wasn’t happy with the woman who was belittling the maintenance worker; I’m sure of that. But He did not call me to intervene with a poor attitude. I could have handled it differently, but my mouth worked much faster than my mind yesterday.
I realize snarky is not a godly quality, a fruit of the Spirit, or one of Jesus’ commandments. Oh, man do I realize it! What’s funny to me is the enemy loves to remind me how imperfect I am when I stumble over hidden landmines and fall flat on my faith walk.
Does he not realize that’s why I follow Jesus so intently and why I have a Savior in the first place?
What God impressed on my heart was I could see the rude woman at church or another place where I might be sharing my faith, and what did my attitude do for my character? We already know her’s, but she needed to see a kinder, gentle side of me, not the Your Snarkiness side. She needed to see Jesus.
So today I decided to share my unfortunate mouth issue with you, and then to share some help for those of us who need extra doses of God’s Word to memorize or tattoo on our inner eyelids.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. Proverbs 23:9
The godly speak wise words and promote justice. Psalm 37:30
Speak evil of no one, avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. Titus 3:2
My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. Psalm 49:3
But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we declare it, not to please people but God, who examines our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4
Many of us are reading through the Bible in a Year chronologically, and in the nine weeks we’ve been together, I’ve seen God use all kinds of imperfect people for His purposes. That alone gives me encouragement He will continue using me. But I needed a softer approach, without my snarky side rearing its not-so-pretty head.
I hope these reminders help you as much as they do me. I am determined to stop the crusader stuff and concentrate on following Jesus instead of trying to rescue everyone. That cape isn’t my color, nor does the costume even fit. But God’s word sure does, and I want to wear it every day.
Adding to the six verses, I loved this passage too.