Have you ever "popped off" at someone out of anger or frustration? I'll confess, I have.

And, there have been times I've done it in the most in-opportune times! But, every time I have, I've looked back and realized that I was the one who looked stupid.

It's just the way life is... if one loses their temper, they also lose their respectability -- they start looking "foolish" to the people around them -- myself included.

That's why the book of ancient wisdom -- Proverbs -- tells us very clearly that a patient person has wisdom (described as "great understanding," but the quick-tempered person who jumps to conclusions and "pops off" at others? He's the fool. Proverbs 14:29 says it this way "the one who is quick-tempered displays folly."

That's the fancy way of saying "appears foolish."

So... let me encourage you to be patient with others. And, as I am wont NOT to do way too often, be patient with yourself. Seek to understand first before you respond. Doing so will demonstrate your wisdom to others instead of losing control and living out another, more current proverb

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.

~ Mark Twain