When I find the dirty socks dropped in the hall…again.
When nobody put their dishes in the dishwasher…again.
When somebody says a hurtful word to my son…again.
My anger can should have a warning label: CAUTION—CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE. EXPLOSION HAZARD!
Oops, too late. Boom! My anger can explodes. I vent, releasing my feelings, and spraying anger on anyone and everyone nearby.
The explosion is messy. It demonstrates a lack of self-control. It’s a bad example for my children.
Then, I find my explosion in today’s wisdom search. Proverbs 29:11 says A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
This is not the script I want for my life! All the parenting skills in the world will not cover for foolishness. Help me Lord! I cry. And He does.
I’ve read Proverbs 29:11 before, but today I am seeing something new in it. Perhaps it is the way I’m reading it with the emphasis on the word his.
Sometimes I have been guilty of having a pity party for myself. Lord, why am I having to deal with this anger? As if I’m the only one with an anger issue.
The longer I live, the more I notice that anger is simply a part of everyone’s experience, from babies to toddlers to teens to senior adults.
Anger is a warning sign. A signpost of injustice, or simply human irritation. The question isn’t what if I feel anger? The real question is what will I do with the anger I feel?
God graciously offers us a better way: The way of wisdom. Anger will come, but it does not control me. Instead, I master it.
What would my new year look like if I gained a heart of wisdom and kept myself under control? I think that’s what I will ask God for in the new year.
Lord, I have spent enough time foolishly giving full vent to my anger in 2010. Will You help me, in 2011 to walk by the fruit of Your Holy Spirit of self-control? Teach me, Lord, the ways of wisdom that I may be quick to listen, slow to anger, and quick to forgive. My family needs my patience, and God, I am trusting You to grow me for Your glory.
Please take 30 seconds to meditate on this verse, and let me know what you think about it too. A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. Proverbs 29:11
Each Wisdom Wednesday post is prompted by a verse from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the posting date.
* The “anger can” is a word picture of Gary Smalley’s from his book Making Love Last Forever. It’s a great resource not only for married couples, but for anyone who’s ready to deal with their anger.
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