Sunday, August 24, 2014

~ "Anger..."

"Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools." (Ecc 7:9)

We all get angry from time to time.  I think it's safe to say that some people are angry most of the time.  It's even safer to say that a lot of people enjoy being angry.

There is something to be said for anger, but it needs to be in the right place and at the right time.  Being angry at a disease (cancer, to name one) can be the driving force in recovery.  But not all anger is healthy.  There are times when it can be more detrimental than anything, and if one continues to feed the anger, it morphs into rage and then into unspeakable horror.

The Lord tells us that we need to be patient, not allowing anger to consume our heart, our mind or our spirit.  When we allow anger to govern our entire being, we tend to look a bit ridiculous, venting and frothing like a rabid dog.  We do things and say things that we would not necessarily allow from ourselves if we were being rational.  Yes, we are human and we do get mad.  Being mad and being angry are, believe it or not, two entirely different things.

Take the time to inventory your anger.  Is it justified?  Can you do anything about the situation aside from being angry?  Will your anger cause change if you allow it to be seen by others?  Most times. our anger comes from the inability to change something we know is most discernibly wrong...something we want to change but can't because it is not within our mortal power to do so.  That is when we take that anger and turn it into prayer and leave it in God's hands.

Take that anger, place it in HIS hands, and move forward.  Don't let it poison your spirit - the spirit within you where his holiness lives...