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Fighting Against my Self-Righteous Defaults

I love this photo from stick world. It reminds me of my tendency to be selfish, prideful, and quick to judge. Man I sound like a horrible person. I’m probably the only one that does this. (sarcasm or self deprecation)
Anyway… here’s what I do when I’m on that line.
1. Be quick to listen slow to speak.
2. Sleep on it. 
3. Seek counsel without turning it into gossip. Tip: speak of the circumstance without naming names.
4. Ask the person to bring clarity.
5. Put myself in their shoes.
6. Believe the best and not the worst.
7. Switch 3 with 4 in my steps.
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Chad Swanzy has served in youth ministry for 15 years and currently works as the student ministry director at Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas. Learn more from Chad and ask him your questions at ChadSwanzy.com.