So, my son said something so simple yet so profound tonight.
He said, "Sometimes when kids are angry they don't make the smartest choices."
You know what?
Neither do adults.
It is amazing how anger can grow up inside you and take control. Before you even know it, you are doing something so irrational, so unwise and so crazy that you are not even behaving like you anymore. But it is you.
Anger can get such a hold that it begins to suffocate all the life out of you. And then one day, angry is all you know. You can't remember not being angry. Anger has become your life; it is in the driver's seat and all you can do is watch its destruction in the rear view mirror.
Anger clouds your judgement and fumbles your thinking. Anger changes every color, every landscape, and every relationship. When you are angry, it is all you see. Anger makes you say things that you would NEVER say on any normal day. Anger takes your thoughts and shoves them off the deep end.
Sometimes when I am angry I don't make the smartest choices.
"Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools." Eccl. 7:9
Anger can consume you, and me.
But there is hope. There is another consuming force out there. One that is all powerful, all loving, and all consuming. One that brings not destruction, but life, abundant life.
"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God." Deut. 4:24
Father, let me strive in every moment to be consumed by You, and You alone. Amen.