I confess that I am an angry guy. Fighting a war multiple times did not breed emotions of peace and love. It bred anger, frustration and a feeling of insecurity. However, civilian life does not create feelings of love or peace. So, I can’t really blame it on the military. For all my faults though, I have come to realize that there is nothing positive coming from my anger.
Anger does not make anything better. Regarding our health, anger causes large amounts of damage to our bodies. When anger is coupled with stress it damages the heart. In case you have been living under a rock, your heart is vital to your well-being. If your heart ceases to beat you are no longer among the living.
What causes us to be angry? Careers, people, vehicles, and many other things cause us to become angry. I have come to a place in my life where I ask myself this question: “Will being angry change the situation?” Often the answer is no. Sure, there are times when I get angry. I am still a human being.
I am retired, so I no longer have a career that places me under stress. When I deal with people, I tend to find that I am easily frustrated. It takes me about ten seconds to look at what they have done to irritate me, then I ask myself another question: Is it pointless for me to get angry with this individual?” Generally, the answer is yes. No amount of anger will make people change. If they are not going to change then anger is pointless.
Proverbs 16:32 reads, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Anger muddles the mind, it causes us to make hasty decisions that can later lead us to regret choices that we have made. Of course, if you are anything like me, you will open your mouth and cause all sorts of damage when you are angry. Proverbs 15:1 declaims, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” I don’t want to get to heavy handed with Scriptures, but I will use one more. In Proverbs 13:3 the Scripture reads, “He that keepth his mouth, keepth his life.” This Scripture is incomplete because I wanted to make this point: Running your mouth is a sure way to hang yourself.
That is going to do it for me today. I am going to lie down and see if I can’t feel better. Until tomorrow (if the good Lord is willing to give me another day) take care and I will chat with you all later.