Proverbs 14:17 says, “a short tempered person acts stupid”. Yikes! Very frank and straight to the point. I noticed that a few people had made me so mad that I reacted immediately instead of pulling back. But I had gotten convicted because I didn’t like that I had allowed someone to have so much power, that I had I lost my cool, my standard, forgetting what I had to lose, and how I represent Christ. Proverbs 16:32 says, “Controlling your temper is better than being a hero who captures a city.” The wrong emotions can get you sick physically. Yes it’s okay to get angry but when we stay their and don’t find a way of release, it infiltrates our bodies and occupies more mental space in our minds.
>Today don’t get yourself sick over someone else. “Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include: headache digestion problems, such as abdominal pain insomnia increased anxiety depression high blood pressure skin problems, such as eczema heart attack stroke.” (www.betterhealth.vic.gov, Pg. 1) Usually people are saying things and moving in life from the place that their in spiritually and emotionally. Usually we’re reckless and operate with no regard when we are underdeveloped, hurt, afraid, insecure, prideful, taken advantage of, or unsure.
Ways to deal with it: Be direct, open, and honest. Be free in your way of communication but considerate of the other. (Titus 3:2 & Philippians 2:3-4) Figure out the root of the emotion. Be sure to not deal from a place that has nothing to do with the other person. I.e. Mommy/Daddy issues, marital issues, personal insecurities, etc. If you need to, walk away! Also, some things are simply not worth your time or your extra thought. (Colossians 4:5) Take with a grain of salt, and keep it movin’!
What place are you in? How are you dealing, in life? Don’t let anyone get you off course. You’re too valuable and you have too much to lose. Have peace. Don’t let anything/anyone disturb your peace.
Scriptures To Consider: Ephesians 5:16-20 & Judges 3:36-40 Ephesians 5:16 “Making the best use of your time…”
Today I pray that we make better decisions than weʼve done before in business, work, relationships, finances, and more. Iʼve done some evaluating and have realized that there were some ideas that Iʼve followed through with, out of desperation, to move fast, vulnerability, or to just try it and see if it works. Iʼve made time-investments that were a lesson and it came back to me. Some lessons were in Godʼs will and some were simply from my plan. Usually, the lessons that caused me to repeat unnecessary cycles have been out of my plan. But whenever it was a lesson from the Lord, I’ve received the time back in money, or as a way of preparation for the next thing.
You ever remember saying “there is not enough time in the day”? I found myself saying that way too often. It was almost like my time felt like money. Like I was mismanaging my time. I was spending too much of it but not investing it. I began paying more attention to where I gave my time. I realized that it was often in places, or on things, that couldn’t give me a return on my investment. In result, I gave more attention to who I had a desire to help but I gave it/them a deadline. Sort of like the 30 day trial period. I’d pray about these connections with Gideon- like prayers and ask God to show me. (Judges 3:36-40) I asked the Lord to show me if it was his will. Some things have just fallen off or have simply expired. I even wondered why some things hadn’t worked. I later realized it was God forcing me out of some things I didn’t know how to let go. Because I was poor manager of time i was late to promising appointments and on time to “trial period appointments”. According to God’s plan, some things were scheduled to expire.
Godʼs will, will protect us. He saves us time, heartache, disappointment, drought, and so on. Iʼve realized that sometimes my pride has gotten in the way. Iʼve not wanted to ask certain people for help, or honor my parents’ guidance when I was young because I wasnʼt mature enough to know that they werenʼt fussing but simply trying to guide me and develop me with wise life skills. The same things were happening with God and I. Very often I was too young to realize the benefit in having a safe village until I became older. There was a crew of people who Iʼd hang with that I no longer see in life. Theyʼre all alive but our decisions were different. What we did with our time determined our destinies.
Should you evaluate your time? Are you giving God time? What about loved ones? Who, or what, shouldn’t you be giving so much of your time to? What opportunities, or relationships, have you forfeited out of pride and a lack of patience? Be encouraged you have every right to tell yourself and others to NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. Time is your gift from God. So, what will we do with it?
Gideon Asks for a Sign