“If a ruler loses his temper against you, don’t panic; a calm disposition quiets intemperate rage.” Ecclesiastes 10:4
Perhaps the world needs a giant chill pill. And, I believe it should start with the rulers of each nation to set an example to those he or she serves. The world is a mess with wars, terrorists, financial problems, etc. Some of these issues deserve our anger. But for me, angry rage hardly conveys a message of hope like a calmer reaction does. Anger begets fear–fear begets unrest-unrest begets anger. It’s like riding an emotional roller coaster that never stops to let us off.
I like the advice in Ecclesiastes: “Don’t panic.” Unfortunately, people stir up panic and fear like a poisonous smoothie. It is tough enough to discern what is true, false, and what is a mixture of truth and false. This leaves us confused and disappointed in people we want trust, and this is why I spent limited time watching the two political party conventions. How many different perspectives of a situation do we need?
Perhaps the “swag bag” distributed at the conventions should have included some chocolate-covered chill pills. But that would have made for a dull four-day convention.
Lord, help us chill before heating up and losing our temper. Amen.