"Don't Be a Me Monster"Jason FoxTake a moment to think about what the world was like when James wrote these words. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20 (NIV) If someone blurted out careless or harsh words, who heard them? If someone lost their temper, who knew about it? The audience was limited to the people who were close enough to hear what was said or see what happened. There were no newspapers, radios or TVs. Still, thoughtless words and quick reflex anger could produce damaging results. Now, think what the audience looks like for your careless or harsh words and your angry outbursts. We can only wish that newspapers, radios and TVs were the only places our embarrassing moments might show up. Have you ever wanted to reach out and retrieve words in an email or text after you hit the send button? Have you ever tried to get something off of the Internet after it’s out there for everyone in the world to see? What do your posts look like on Facebook? What impressions do your tweets leave? Will you be proud of your Instagram pictures a year or ten years from now? The words found in James 1:19-27 take on a new significance in our age of social media. They deserve our close attention. More importantly, they need to shape our actions.