I love you.
For real…if you know me, you know I lean on the side of impulsivity. Especially if my emotions get fired up.
My fellow impulsive friends know this about me AND I know this about them.
Here’s the definition friends…..Brace yourself, it’s not pretty:
*characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation*
It pains me to type it but it’s a battle I no longer deny.
And because I no longer deny it or minimize it, I more easily RECOGNIZE it.
This is good news.
I recently did the toothpaste demonstration with my 5-year-old granddaughter. Yep, I got out the toothpaste as she watched me squeeze it out of the tube. I then told her to put it back in the tube…of course she couldn’t….which led to the classic discussion of “Once words leave our mouth, we can’t take them back.”
She got it…I think.
In a very recent discussion with one of my fellow impulsive friends…cough cough, Debbie Jean Utz, (Making this blog impulsive) regarding something she did impulsively, I realized a great truth. To me it wasn’t THAT big of a deal….but I got it. She slipped past a suggestion to wait on something and she went ahead and pushed send. (God knows I’ve done this one too many times.) She was feeling the regret of not waiting. Of being too hasty….of lacking thought and deliberation. I felt her pain and thought of this verse:
“If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20 (NIV)
I am familiar with condemning thoughts of not waiting…and though it’s something we need to be aware of and “work on,” we can rest in the truth that God really does know our hearts.
That doesn’t give us an excuse to just do or say what we please and then throw out “Well…God knows my heart…”
Yes, God does know our hearts. And sometimes we don’t.
That’s why being thoughtful, deliberate and purposeful is usually a good and wise thing.
The waiting gives God time to come in and align our hearts and behaviors in ways that reflect His peace…His power and His plan.
I needed to write this blog…for me. (And my friend) Because I love her. I learn from her…a lot.
More than our impulsivity that we come to regret is our little heart and God’s big heart. And His heart contains more grace than our regrets. His heart is always for us, always for our good and always willing to lead us back in the right direction.
And by the way….sometimes, it’s good to be impulsive…like when you see someone drowning.