This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”
“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” (Eccl. 7:9)
I read in today’s Marketplace Leaders devotional that anger can be seen as a warning light on your car dashboard. When it goes off, it doesn’t reflect what’s going on externally – although there are plenty of uncool, undeserving, unexpected things; it informs you that something’s wrong with the car, and that you need to check under the hood.
Anger usually happens when we lose control over a circumstance that results in an outcome that doesn’t meet our expectations. It stems from either fear, or a protection of personal rights.
God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love. Trying to control the circumstances is playing God; and you are clearly not Him. It also doesn’t keep you open-minded to the possibility of better outcomes – and from my experience, God’s plan is 100% ALWAYS better than my broken, selfish, limited-based plan. And when you leave the outcome to Him, it is always successful, and there is a sense of freedom that sparks joy and helps you be in the moment.
The next time you get angry when someone cuts you off on the road, your kid spills food all over the floor, you lose a business deal, someone loses your trust, or anything that normally makes you livid – stop yourself, and try to incorporate empathy, forgiveness, and faith in the better plan…and prepare to have the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Grrrr….rrreat! (I hope you got this one lol)