Daily Life Skill Practice
Years ago I read a book that used the term ‘life skills’ regularly. It was my first exposure to the two words used together. One of the life skills that the teacher taught her young students was to pray the moment they got upset.
I participate in online mentoring. I am working with someone in another country whose religious beliefs shun Jesus. It is a huge challenge to me. I have to use the wisdom from verses without making references to them. In my last conversation my mentee had reacted to someone’s negative facial expression.
My answer started out with the words explaining about a life skill. I was a little curious because those two words are not in my regular vocabulary. As I pondered it, the contents of this post came into my thoughts.
How many times have you ‘assumed’ you knew what someone was thinking because of their facial expression? It is so easy for our flesh to jump to conclusion that are erroneous.
We cannot know what another is thinking unless they tell us. Even satan does not know what we are thinking. Only the Lord is Omniscient, or All Knowing. David discovered really quickly that the Lord knows everything. His sin with Bathsheba started with a thought that he allowed to wander. David’s words in Psalm 139:1-2 clearly expressed the understanding that he gained.
It says, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.” Has your mind ever wandered? He knows that also. 1 Chronicles 28:9 Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…”
For interpersonal relationships to thrive, we will need to apply many different life skills. They are all in God’s word. Proverbs is a great book for data gathering on this subject. Here is one. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Here is another. Proverbs 29:11 Amplified says, “A (self-confident) fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it.” What an empowerment! When we yield to the Holy Spirit’s control in our life, the fruit of self-control guards our heart.
What about this life skill? Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Couple that with David’s prayer in Psalm 141. Verse 3 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Years ago I had a roommate that had the most interesting way of dealing with gossip. It was a life skill for her. The minute someone would start to tell her something about others? She would put her fingers in her ears and start making noise so she couldn’t hear.
Proverbs 30:32 says, “If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand over your mouth.” The next time you are tempted to gossip? Literally, put your hand over your mouth. It works!
I hope this little post has stirred up your memory with some verses that you can apply as life skills when faced with temptations to sin. The temptation is only that. It is the lure to snag you, but you don’t have to take the bait.