Dealing With Anger

My wife and I were driving home from work today and we narrowly missed getting into an accident. As I was driving the speed limit, I noticed vehicle behind me going way too fast. Before I knew it, she was slamming on her brakes and came to a stop 2 inches away from my bumper.

The first thing I did was thank God that she was able the stop. The first thing she did was pull into the next lane and flipped me off while yelling numerous profanities mixed with gibberish. Getting mad at me because I wasn’t speeding. I just said, “God bless you.” 

When I was younger, I had big problem with anger. Most of it came from being abused. It wasn’t a violent anger, but a very loud vocal anger. Eventually, I asked God to help. I realized it wasn’t even worth wasting my time on useless energy. 

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. Matthew 21:12

Even Jesus wasn’t immune to anger. He walked in the temple and ran everybody out and started flipping tables. He probably would have been arrested if that happened these days. The temple was meant to be a house of prayer, not a den of robbers. 

Sometimes God uses anger to teach us to be patient with others. When we get angry, we just make it worse on ourselves. Anger leads to negative thinking which no good can come out of. 

I base things on a 1 to 10 scale. One being very minimal and 10 being bad. Your mom going into ICU would be bad. Your best friend dying would be bad. Some lady getting upset and flipping you off in traffic is a 1. However, it felt like a 10. I can turn spilling my iced tea into a 10.

We as humans do this. We freak out over the tiniest things. As we get older, we change. Well, most of us change. Change is good. I don’t want my past making me an angry person. I want to find the beauty in the life God gave me and be a happy person. 

Like I said before: Anger is nothing but wasted energy.

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