Each week during the “No Nukes” series we’ve been using a kitchen appliance as a metaphor for life. We’ve used a toaster, a microwave, a refrigerator, and now here’s a “bonus appliance” for all of us to think about-the lowly Crock Pot. I actually thought about using a Crock pot on stage one week…but it’s not exactly very visual…it just sort of sits there for eight hours until dinner is done. (Smells nice though…sort of a pot roast scented air freshener. mmm)
I do think that we would all be better off if we were little bit more “crock pot” (not crackpot…or crack pipe :-) ) and a little less “microwave” in our lives. Here’s some “slow cookin” ideas to live better, more rewarding lives:
Never quit something immediately after becoming discouraged or angry…take some time…think about it for at least 24 hours. For pastors I heard someone say “Never Quit on a Monday”. So true! Things always seem more “dire” and terrible immediately after you experience them. Take your time…
Respond slowly to criticism. Nobody likes to be criticised…even when its valid it’s painful. When it’s unfair or untrue it can be even more upsetting. Always respond slowly…never immediately. Don’t react in anger. Wait until you can objectively determine whether the criticism is valid and should be responded to with change…or a pointless attack. It’s impossible to tell in the split second it takes to become angry or discouraged.
Finally, never say the “first thing that comes to mind” when you’re angry. Wow, have I learned this the hard way. Take some time…be a crock pot and not a microwave when it comes to “speaking your mind”. You’ll be glad you did.
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19