“Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. James 1:19
Recently on Public TV I watched a documentary about a high school in rural Pennsylvania in which students have a high rate of heroin use. Apparently kids start out with marijuana, move on to prescription pills, and because heroin is relatively inexpensive and readily available, it becomes their drug of choice. It breaks my heart to hear of young kids compromising or losing their lives before they have a chance to spread their wings and fly.
Quoting Max Lucado, from “The Applause from Heaven,” “Resentment is the cocaine of the emotions. It causes our blood to pump and energy level to rise…. There is a dangerous point at which anger ceases to be an emotion and becomes a driving force.” If you are resentful, full of anger all the time, then you are an addict, too.
Just as cocaine can kill the addict, anger can kill the angry person, leaving him or her spiritually wounded with a hardened heart and health issues. Think of a time you became angry–especially the out of control kind where you rant and rave, possibly throw things. How did it make you feel?
Dear God, help us control our “legal” addictions. Amen.