January 30, 2023 · Bob Gass
“A quick-tempered person does foolish things.” Proverbs 14:17 NIV
You overslept, the car wouldn’t start, you were late for work, your computer crashed. These things can make you angry, but only if you let them. Solomon said, “A quick-tempered person does foolish things,” so if you fly into a rage, expect a rough landing! The Bible says, “Patience is better than strength. Controlling your temper is better than capturing a city” (Proverbs 16:32 NCV). Anger always comes back to bite you and ends up doing more damage than the thing that triggered it. David said, “Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar” (see Psalm 5:3). Start by offering your day to God, then you will be less likely to react in anger when things go wrong. One pastor wrote, “Our time here is short. What a shame to let something that happened—twenty years or twenty minutes ago—ruin your day. I’ve made up my mind to enjoy every single one. I may make mistakes. Things may not go my way. I may be disappointed, but I’m going to live my life happy. I’m not going to let what does or doesn’t happen steal my joy. Every morning I say, ‘Father, this is going to be a great day. I thank you that I have discipline, self-control; that I make good decisions. I may not have done what I could have yesterday, but that day is gone. I’m going to do better today.’” Ever wonder why a car’s windshield is big and its rear-view mirror small? Because what’s behind isn’t nearly as important as what’s ahead. So keep looking ahead, and no matter what happens today, don’t lose your peace.
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