A group of men were looking for a place to hunt. They pulled into a farmer’s driveway and one of them went up to see if they could hunt on the land. The farmer said, “You can hunt, but do me a favor. That donkey over there is 20 years old and is very sick. I just don’t have the heart to kill her. Will you do it for me?” The man replied, “Of course I will.” As he got back in the car, the man decided to play a joke on his friends. He said, “We can’t hunt here, but I’m going to teach that old man a lesson he won’t forget.” He then stuck his gun out the window and shot the donkey. Almost immediately, a second shot rang out from the passenger side as one of his friends yelled, “I got the cow!”
"Rashness” is being overhasty in action without due consideration. There are many examples of rashness in the Bible. For instance, Moses acted rashly getting water from the rock and was prohibited from entering the Promised Land (Numbers 20); and Jephthah and Herod made rash vows that cost people their lives (Judges 11; Mark 6). Rashness can hurt feelings, ruin friendships, and divide congregations. It is far better to practice prudence. As Proverbs says, “Wise people think before they act...” (13:16, NLT).