Anger

James 1:19-20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Perhaps you are put off by quotes from the Bible.  Perhaps not.  In today's world, it is a tome fraught with controversy.  But there are good parts therein, and here is one.

I have learned recently that my anger avails nothing.  My greatest wrath brings about nothing but destruction.  My righteous anger can mean but naught in front of the righteous anger of another.

We recently faced a situation that brought out my greatest anger.  Taken advantage of, humiliated, forced into a situation which compromised my rights, my due.

In many ways, taken advantage of has been the course of the day.

But tonight, my wife, in creativity, in inspiration, in eloquence was able to right a wrong which my anger could not.  Her creativity found a solution that my anger could not.

My anger availed me nothing but angst and more anger.  It also blinded me to the solutions that lay in front of me.  Anger, my friends, is not something that builds, it is something that destroys.

We see much of it in this world.  Yes, anger at injustice can lead to change.  But often it is hard to disassociate that change from the hurt that breeds the anger.

Instead, look to your response.  In a creative and peaceful manner it can build a good situation from bad.

Tonight, my wife taught me a lesson.  I hope that I remember it the next time I'm angry.