British shock-radio host Tim Shaw may have finally learned a valuable lesson about the consequences of our words.
While working his usual 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift, Shaw told the pin-up girl he was interviewing?on air?that he was willing to leave his wife and two kids for her. Minutes later, his wife, Hayley, created an eBay auction for her husband’s car, a Lotus Espirit Turbo. The auction page was almost completely blank except for a picture of the car and the following words:
“I need to get rid of this car immediately?ideally in the next 2-3 hours before my cheating [jerk] husband gets home to find it gone and all his belongings in the street. I am the registered owner and I have the [registration]. Please only buy if you can pick up tonight.”The car?valued at approximately $45,000?was listed with a “Buy-it-Now” price of 50 pence ($.90), and the auction lasted exactly 5 minutes and 3 seconds before an anonymous buyer paid for it and drove away.
In a later interview with reporters, Mrs. Shaw said that she was “sick of [Tim] disrespecting this family for the sake of his act.” When asked about the price of the car, she said: “I didn’t care about the money. I just wanted to get him back.”
The Bible warns us of the danger of careless words. When we let our tongues get out of control, the consequences can harm everyone around us.
Well?almost everyone. Four days after the car was sold, the anonymous buyer left the following feedback on Mrs. Shaw’s eBay account:
Thank you, Hayley, the car is excellent. Thank your hubby for me.”
The only way to overcome reactions is to proact through the power of the Holy Spirit. I must be filled with the Spirit if I am to stop reacting and start proacting through the power of the Holy Spirit.