In 2004, I was driving down Skibo Road in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and noticed something peculiar about the McDonald’s at the junction of Skibo and Morganton Road. The Playland portion of the restaurant, encased in glass, bore window paintings of the various McDonald’s characters. The painting of Ronald McDonald, however, had faded so much that you could no longer see his eyes. In fact, the only prominent feature was his big, red, exaggerated clown mouth. I pointed this strange sight out to my father. He remarked, “Yes, that is how it is for most people. They can talk, but they cannot see!” How true.
Have you ever wondered why God gave us two eyes, two ears, but only one mouth? Maybe it was because we are supposed to do twice as much listening and observing than talking. The Scriptures reinforce this idea. James wrote:
Know this, my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1:19 ESV).
The problem, however, is that most people don’t want to follow this Divine command. Instead, they want to offer their “two-cents” on the matter. These do not really listen to what others say, nor do they properly observe such things as body language or one’s overall demeanor. This attitude often creates more schisms in the body of Christ than legitimate causes for debate or argumentation.
Perhaps it is time for us to look in the mirror. Are our eyes still present? Are our ears still attached to the sides of our head? If so, then let us allow them to do twice the work of that unruly thing located beneath our noses!