27He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.28Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
The World Cup is my favorite sports-event! I love the cultural diversity expressed in the stands and the fact that the World's best are competing against one another and every move matters...for good or bad. As always, one of the most important elements is whether or not players can keep their cool.
I played a little city-league soccer last night myself and found myself getting pretty fired up. This isn't new for me, as I had to get taken out of a game by my fellow Campus Crusade teammates after shoving a guy my freshman year. While i've certainly grown some since then, i'm still aware that my competitive nature is not always good. In fact, there is a deeper reality of anger that I must continually surrender to the Lord. As this Proverb talks about, restraining one's words is to be sought after, rather than giving full-vent to what comes to mind. Of course i'm learning that this is not something that can just be done with enough will. Pray for God to do that which you cannot do on your own. For me, it's staying competitive, but doing it in a loving and self-sacrificing way.