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Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 8:00AM
Ben Simpson in Faithfulness, Wisdom

Adam Dachis at Lifehacker says, "If you feel compelled to act, hesitate first."

What?

In response to Tony Schwartz of The Energy Source blog, Dachis writes:

If you see yourself about to make a decision too easily, don't do it. Hesitate first. Give yourself a moment to reality test your actions in your mind. Be your own devil's advocate. If everything checks out, proceed. If it doesn't, don't.

This is great wisdom, though it is nothing new.  This sounds kind of like something in the New Testament.  James 1:19-20 says:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Yet, this is a hard lesson.

Do you have the discipline to slow down when faced with a situation that demands a decision?  How do you maintain this?  How have you learned this skill?  What advice would you give to others in exercising wisdom?  What advice do you give yourself?

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