An idiom that means to get to the point without wasting time.
Such a valuable concept and one that I respect as I mature.
Time is a commodity not to be wasted, one that is invaluable-priceless, really. Therefore, I catch myself in some conversations thinking, "Come on, just cut to the chase." Granted, I'm not known for my patience, but my impulse to shake someone by the shoulders and scream, "Just say it!" has tempered over the years. (Thank you, Jesus.)
It's not that I don't value conversation. I do. I'm a writer and a lover of words. I enjoy chit chatting with friends, laughing about the nonsensical, and celebrating the ups, downs, and sideways of life.
However, I do not enjoy wasting minutes circling around topics saturated in verbiage when there's a straight, albeit narrow road to the point.
I guess those are what I call the hard talks. The ones requiring tactful firmness. Typically, those talks are characterized by honesty, transparency, and an uncomfortable moment here or there. Maybe even a wiggle or two in the the chair during the tick tocking of the clock.
And then there's the circling around a topic out of fear or shame. Are you afraid to say simple, succinct phrases like, "I love you.", "I'm proud of you.", "I'm angry with you.", or "You hurt my feelings."?
If so, why? A whole lot of passivity can be avoided if you'll just look in the mirror and face the why head on.
I'm resolved to work on this during 2017. As I've mentioned, 2016 taught me not to waste time, so "cutting to the chase" is on my list.
Here's a little scripture to back this one up:
Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom.
Psalm 39:4-5 “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 So be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise, but live wisely. Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So do not be foolish but learn what the Lord wants you to do.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:
Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act with those who are not believers. Use your time in the best way you can.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.