Anger vs Wisdom
Updated: Jul 10, 2020
I have played the angry fool many times. I think we would be hard pressed to find someone that hasn't. I make a concerted, intentional effort to keep that part of me in check. I am terrified of what I might be capable of when I'm angry.
It isn't always easy to remain patient and calm. And I know there is a time and place for anger. But, at least in my experience, it is almost always unwarranted.
Over the past few months, I have noticed some quarantine induced anger bubbling up. Particularly when the kids are bickering with each other (which is approximately 132% of the time when they are awake...and sometimes while they're sleeping), or whining at me for the 943rd straight hour, or doing the thing(s) that they've been asked not to do 3,496 times.
I may have blown a gasket a time or two, but I reeled it in before it got out of control. And it was certainly teetering on the brink there for a minute.
What I have discovered is that the wise choice is typically not the easy choice in the short term.
Choosing patience and self-restraint is excruciatingly difficult and downright exhausting.
Anger would be so much easier.
The wiser choice is clear.
You'll thank yourself in the long run.
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
- Proverbs 29:11
People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm.
- Proverbs 14:17