on Being Vexed, Angry or Upset

I want to share that this past year took its’ toll on me.

We can declare all the power scriptures we want to, pray every day, love God, pray to lover others, be faithful, and still wind up with frazzled nerves.

It does not mean there is something wrong with you, necessarily.

What it can mean however, is you are listening to the wrong things.

Here is the truth: We who are Christians know we should meditate on what is true and lovely and great report. We know we should meditate on scripture.

In day-to-day life, we deal with opinions, input from others, “the news” and yes, even people who cause harm to us, and refuse to acknowledge what they have done.

In an effort to be “Not so heavenly-minded” that I am no earthly good, there are times I listen to far too much of the human realm, and not enough from the heavenly realm.

If we stay too spiritual, how can heaven touch earth? If we are too earthly, how can heaven (in us) touch earth? It’s a balancing act for certain.

If I get into an argument with someone, I lose my opportunity to plant good seeds.

They are no longer listening to me, so my arguing and fussing is all in vain.

I don’t feel better when it’s done, and the other person is un-affected as well.

Therefore, I make it my aim to take a breath, say a prayer, and remain calm.

This is the only way I have hope of making a difference, and planting good seeds.

I am pondering these scriptures today:

“The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.”

Proverbs – 22:16

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”

Proverbs 29:11

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

 James 1:19

Getting angry with others, letting them have it between the eyeballs, or flying off the handle about the injustices we see will not change anything. Fighting fire with fire often makes a bigger fire.

We think we are tough if we defend ourselves, but the truth is, the strongest person is the one who learns discipline and resists the temptation to fly off the handle.

With Love, Laura Grace

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