After last week’s discussion of envy, God‘s pushing some more uncomfortable stuff to the front. (Have you ever noticed how God can be like that?) So this week it’s anger … a particularly strong subject. I practice anger a couple different ways:
Hold a grudge. I’ve been cranky for years at a person who used to say I lived too far away to visit … and drove past my house every weekend to visit someone else. Now that I do live too far away to visit, she’s too busy for me to stop in when I am in town. There are organizations I’ve disliked for years because I believe they’ve broken their mission promise to be supportive. The question, as always, is whether there’s a telephone pole in my own eye …
Fight unnecessary battles. I can get upset with organizations for failures that don’t affect me; failures that affect friends; failures that could affect people I don’t know. I can write insightful, inciteful responses when I receive surveys that are clearly seeking fluffy good cheer for their future marketing. Sometimes I remember not to send what I’ve written. It’s not my job to judge other people’s servants.
Is it or is it not outrageous that I can say “I practice anger” ? My job, as a member of Christ, is to practice forgiveness and grace. Now I’m in print as accountable. Crap!
How do you “practice anger” ? How are you going to stop?
- Anger Management Tips for Teenagers (socyberty.com)
- Anger Management: How to Keep Your Temper in Check (everydayhealth.com)
- Anger Can Raise Cholesterol Levels (christianhealthcoach.wordpress.com)
- Anger Management Tips for Children (socyberty.com)
- The myth of ‘anger management’ (psychologytoday.com)
- Always Followed By Regret (pastelmoon.wordpress.com)
- Helping Children Deal with Anger (speedofcreativity.org)
- What are the positive points of view of anger (wiki.answers.com)
- A Meditation on Sin (challies.com)