I have a confession to make. I have a bad habit. OK, I have many. But one in particular has been on my mind lately that I really need to get on top of.
When we hear the announcement “We interrupt this program…” on TV, it’s usually because there’s a breaking news story that is more important than the current program. When we interrupt someone, that’s basically what we’re saying. “What I have to say is more important than what you’re saying right now.”
My bad habit? I tend to interrupt a lot. It’s not because I feel like what I have to say is more important though. (And no, I’m not trying to justify anything.)
After thinking about it a LOT, I realized that I interrupt because I want to feel involved. I was always very shy growing up, and afraid to really voice my opinion about something. I went with the flow with just about everything. I even came close to losing good friends over it because they got tired of me never making any decisions. I was (and to be honest, still am) always afraid of saying something really stupid, so I just never said much at all.
As I got older (like, after college), and started speaking up more, I found that people interrupted me all the time. I can remember several instances (and no, I’m really not exaggerating) in which I would be talking about something, then someone else in the same group would start talking about something completely different, then suddenly no one was listening to me any more. As I noticed this the first time, I literally said out loud in the middle of my sentence, “….and no one’s listening any more so I’m going to stop talking.”
And no one noticed.
After this happened a few times, I guess I just started to throw in my input whenever I could, just to make sure that I had a chance to. Unfortunately, this turned into a habit of interrupting.
God says we’re to put others before ourselves. As a Christian, I know I need to do this all the time, in everything I do. And that includes in my conversations.
Do you have a bad habit that you feel like God is really pushing you to work on lately?