Slow to Anger

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It seems to me as if there is a lot to be angry about. If I turn on the news for five minutes I can find plenty to fuel my rage. Once that calms down I simply need to log on to Facebook and within a minute I find a whole host of things to have me ranting and raving.

Some of it is righteous anger. For example, I believe that Jesus is also angry when children are sold into slavery or when racism is spewed out and passed along in the form of “jokes”.

But most of it is petty, very unrighteous anger. I know that it is absolutely ridiculous for me to be upset that I got my 150th request to play a silly game, or to be annoyed that my acquaintance still can’t use “your” and “you’re” correctly. But yet there I sit, clenching my jaw and fuming at the computer screen.

When I get to that point I usually walk away and give myself time to simmer down. Unfortunately, though, real life provides plenty of opportunities for me to be just downright mad. My husband is a head baseball coach for an intensely competitive league. And that’s all I really have to say about that.

Last night, though, during one of my silent rage sessions at the ball park, this verse jumped into my head: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19.

Well, there you go.

So that is what I am working on – being slow to become angry.

To do this, I am going to do what Paul instructs us to do in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

So starting today, and for the next 30 days, I am going to not dwell on the things that make me angry but instead focus on things that are excellent or praiseworthy.

With that being said:

Day 1: Outside Weather

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“He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth– the LORD God Almighty is his name.” Amos 4:13

I love being outside. When I say love, I mean I will do whatever I can to be outside all day, every day. School, work, reading, eating… all of it is done outside as much as possible. In fact the other day a Giants game was on TV, but it was an absolutely beautiful day. So I did what any rational person would do: turned up the volume as loud as it could go so I could be on my porch but still hear the game.

Today I thank God for creating such a beautiful place for us to live. He didn’t have to. As my aunt likes to say, “God didn’t have to make the world in color. He did it because He loves us.” I am grateful that I get to be outside so much, and I am especially thankful that He made dandelions bright yellow. The kids love to collect them for me, and they really bring a nice touch of color to my kitchen table.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, my definition of “outside weather” is any time it is above 30 degrees and there is no lighting. The other night we had an incredible rain storm with “movie rain” pounding down. David and I spent thirty minutes outside, dancing around, and getting absolutely drenched.

Our neighbors think we’re crazy… but that’s okay. At least we’re not angry.

See you tomorrow!

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