“Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.”
Change. Sometimes you see it coming. Other times it is unexpected.
I’m experiencing change in a couple of different areas right now—one I’ve been preparing for. The other was sudden. Both will take some getting used to.
The sudden change has caused a range of emotions, but the one I’m not feeling is anger. I guess I could be angry. I could hold a grudge. But, it wouldn’t help the situation. And, I’m really not feeling angry, so why fabricate it?
I’ve been thinking about anger, though, because of some of the opinions expressed to me.
“If I were you....”
They were negative suggestions that could fuel the fire of anger, if there was a spark. But I didn’t accept the match. Instead, I just moved away.
I won’t wear someone else’s anger. If that’s the load someone chooses to carry, that’s their choice. But, when it’s forcefully shared with me, I don’t have to accept it. (I’ve learned that over the years.)
Reactions say a lot about us to other people. Some reactions touched my heart. Others made me want to run in the opposite direction. I don’t know what my reactions said, but I hope they were an example of optimism in this unanticipated change.
I hope my reaction to change reflects Christ, no matter how easy or difficult the next steps may be. When I say “I trust God,” I hope people see that I really do.
Anger is a normal human emotion, but it can be consuming, and it can blind us to the positive possibilities God can bring about through change.
I don’t want to miss those new opportunities. Do you?
By Laura Rath
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