I was standing across the counter from the lady at the hole-in-the-wall dry cleaners and I was getting irritated. She had lost my pants and I was sure of it.
The woman kept insisting that I hadn’t dropped them off with my suit jacket. “Ma’am, I wouldn’t have just brought in a suit jacket,” I said. “Can’t you just check to see if there are some navy blue pants lying around somewhere?”
She probably loses people’s clothes all the time, I thought. She went to check one more time. “Hold on a second,” I said nervously. “I need to call my wife.”
I called my wife and asked her to look in the drawer where I normally put the dirty dry cleaning. Then I waited. My wife got back on the phone. “Yeah, you’ve got some navy blue pants in here,” she said.
I got off the phone and sheepishly said, “Ma’am, I’m really sorry. They’re at my house.”
James 1:19 says, “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” But in moments when we’re convinced we’re right, we do just the opposite: We’re slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to get angry. And when we do that, it says a lot more about us than the person we’re judging.
It’s some pretty good advice, if I don’t say so myself. Maybe one day I’ll start taking it.