I was involved in an incident a few weeks ago in which I didn’t react in the most Christian-like manner. Long story short? I got heated and opened my mouth when I normally would have kept my thoughts to myself. Talk about embarrassing! Getting my point across or showing someone that they are wrong isn’t worth the negative emotions that come after.
When I finally calmed down I thought to myself, “Why did I let that person get to me. They weren’t worth my time or energy at all!” I let that person mess with my calm, which is something I am struggling to keep from day to day. Why did I expend so much effort on someone I’ve never even met before? Someone that, in hindsight, probably didn’t have any ill will or inclination to argue at all! Let me tell ya, this incident has not only helped me get back to staying calm, it has also helped me realize that social media is too prominent in my life.
I have always been a bit short tempered, but I have been making a big effort to stay calm lately. With two kids, three dogs, and a million other things going on, I can forget myself sometimes.
I started reading a book called Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst. (Y’all know I love her!) It has helped me to see that losing my temper takes away from God and gives power to Satan.
Favorite line so far? “I can face things out of my control without acting out of control.” (p. 28)
That’s the root of the problem for me. I can’t stand to lose control of a situation. But I’m never really in control, am I? God is. The more I learn that simple truth, the more at peace I feel.
I refused to just forget about the incident and instead, use it as motivation on my calm journey. After all, those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it!