Anger

You might be fired up a bit just having read the title.  But I think this is a topic so many people need to be refreshed by.

The following is a quote from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
“Anger is fuel.  We feel it and we want to do something.  Hit someone, break something, throw a fit, smash a fist into the wall, tell those (jerks).  But we are nice people, and what we do with our anger is stuff it, deny it, bury it, block it, hide it, lie about it, medicate it, muffle it, ignore it.  We do everything but listen to it.
   Anger is meant to be listened to.  Anger is a voice, a shout, a plea, a demand.  Anger is meant to be respected.  Why?  Because anger is a map.  Anger shows us what our boundaries are.  Anger shows us where we want to go.  It lets us see where we’ve been and lets us know when we haven’t liked it.  Anger points the way, not just the finger.  In the recovery of a blocked artist, anger is a sign of health.
 Anger is meant to be acted upon.  It is not meant to be acted out.  Anger points the direction.  We are meant to use anger as fuel to take the actions we need to move where our anger points us.  With a little thought, we can usually translate the message that our anger is sending us.”

Okay, that was a slightly long excerpt.  But every drop of it is important.  (I’ve yet to finish reading this book, but so far it has helped me immensely)  How often do you get angry?  Frustrated with your friends, family, or even yourself?  Had the urge to smash a plate on the floor, or had the nerve to do it?  What most people get caught up in, is the feeling of guilt that comes from getting angry in the first place.  REDFLAG.  The feeling of anger is not a sin.  It’s natural.  You can’t tell your body to not get angry at all.  Life isn’t that easy.  It’s the actions your anger produces that are often sinful; smashing a plate; treating a friend or family member rudely; or giving up.  Don’t do that.

Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger; and give no opportunity to the devil.”

 If you get angry, don’t let it control you.  Don’t let it swell up and don’t let it burn you.  Seek God before you smash that plate.  Find forgiveness.  Find peace.  You can take all that energy and fuel something really good.  It just takes practice.

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