Angry Birds

February 17th, 2012 § 0 comments

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Sometimes I wish I could just “stop it.” Getting angry that is.

Much like people’s addiction to Angry Birds, I have a constant resurrection of angry emotions that hover near the surface.

Ron and I are going through a 10 week course so that we can become foster/adoptive parents. This is a dream that we have had for over five years as a family, and growing within us for a lifetime before “we” were.

Imagine my ultimate excitement for this dream coming to fruition. I am a planner and one to take action quickly sometimes to my own disadvantage. Therefore, the last two weeks I have been rearranging furniture, repositioning pictures within our home, and cleaning out..all in the name of preparation should a 0-2 year old show up in the next 7 months… yes hurrying up for 7 months of waiting.

When I was rearranging artwork within our home, I happened to ask Ron how he thought two pictures would look in our entry way.

Can you believe that Ron did not like my newly suggested placement of the pictures? Shocker, we disagreed on a designing issue. I am sure we are the only husband and wife to do that…

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Well, instead of taking his opinion in an optimal way, I immediately grew defensive and then angry. (I know, a bit of an overreaction to say the least.)

We had a cordial verbal exchange which left me in a huff. You see, Ron nor I know what exactly is going to set me off until it happens. This is not a healthy position to live in. Angry flair ups do not happen every day, but often enough that I realize my anger is a weak spot only conquered via powerful seeking of the Holy Spirit.

After the failed redesign, I left to go for a walk. As I walk I contemplate whether this anger is a byproduct of my lion/beaver, D/C (DISC profile), Type A personality? Or, can I blame it on my hot-blooded southern lineage? Either way, my anger more often than I like, continues as a weak spot that threatens to get the better of me.

 

By now you may wonder why you are reading my posts at all.

Did you really think I had it all together?

I hope not.

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If the authenticity I choose to portray only begins and ends with capitals, commas, and punctuation then I am giving an inaccurate picture of the sinner I am and the God that I serve.

My God forgives sinners like me using imperfect vessels for His perfect purposes.

Our salvation is not an excuse for sin (see Galatians 5), but it is a grace that grows us in righteousness and away from unrighteousness.

Anger itself is not a sin. Righteous anger is an emotion experienced by God and Jesus:

 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Psalm 86:15, 103:8, 145:8

And he (Jesus)  looked around at them with anger, grieved at  their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”  He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Mark 3:5

God’s anger brings His righteous, wrathful judgement unless abated by the prayers of His people.

The Old Testament is full of examples of the anger of God being abated through prayer. See Numbers 14 for one such example as Moses interceded on behalf of the unbelieving Israelites to enter into the Promise Land.

In addition, God’s servants showed righteous anger like that of David against the audacity of Goliath to defy “the armies of the living God.” (1 Samuel 17:36)

 

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I have found that the best way for Christ-followers to combat sin and temptation is through prayer and scripture. Perhaps you also struggle with feelings of anger? If so, then may we seek to quench this flesh-born weakness of unrighteous anger with verses like these and others:

Whoever is  slow to anger has great understanding,  but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,  and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:19-21

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger Ephesians 4:26

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Ephesians 4:31

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 1 Timothy 2:8

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth Colossians 3:8

Concerning the pictures in the foyer, I opted for tacking some of the children’s recent artwork instead of the pieces that I originally suggested. Their Jackson Pollock inspired pieces are a great fit for the space.

Concerning my anger, well that remains very much a work in progress. What ways do you combat anger in your own life?

~Brooke

 

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • Determine a few causes of your anger. Perhaps your anger lies in perfectionism, control, or a past hurt that has not been dealt with and healed.
  • Seek God in prayer and then commit to memory one of the above verses as you make your anger a matter of prayer this week.
  • Read this very helpful, Bible-based article on Taming Your Anger and this one on 25 Ways to Provoke Our Children to Anger.
  • Perhaps some music to assist you as well? This one by Audrey Assad, or for the more hard-core this one by Lecrae. Enjoy.

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