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Any difficult time in life brings on many emotions: sadness, fear, regret, panic. And anger.
I’ve written a lot on how to overcome tough times on this blog but haven’t really touched much on anger. This emotion can really sneak up on you.
Gary Chapman made a good point in his book on anger that even God gets angry (anger can be a valid response if you have been wronged). BUT – the response after your anger makes all the difference.
The Bible says in your anger, do not sin. That’s the key. We cannot let our anger drive our actions. We need to have a cooling off period and other techniques so that our behavior does not take a wrong turn.
Easier said than done!
We need to start now by praying, reading the Bible and other ways to get us in the right frame of mind so we aren’t surprised by the anger. Preparation now makes all the difference! Take great care that when you do get angry, pay attention to how you are responding.Tweet This
When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, it completely changed my life up to this very day. It changed me physically (not for the better) and it changed me spiritually (for the better).
But only in the last two weeks has it made a very big change in my prayer life. How?
In the last three years, I’ve always prayed that God would heal me of my cancer. Every time I had a CT scan, I would pray that God would heal me as I went through the scanner. I don’t pray that anymore.
Now, I pray that God’s will be done in my life. That’s not to say I don’t want to live, but I would rather do God’s will. To me, the most fulfilling life is one lived exactly how God wants it — whether that is a shorter life than we would want (or longer).
It took me exactly three years to get to the point where I pray that God’s will would be done and not to pray to continue to live. Three years. Spiritual maturity takes time. We often don’t want to wait long, but sometimes we must.
Was it worth the pain to get there? Not sure I would want to say that, although it’s probably true! God can use even the worst part of your life to bring you to maturity.
Has God ever used a bad situation in your life to help you grow?
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I remember years ago picking up Christian tracts in all sorts of place — restaurants, ATMs (and plenty of bars, unfortunately). I don’t think I’ve seen any in a long time.
It seems like whenever I saw one, I wanted to pick it up and check it out. I remember I put a few in my pocket and took them home. They always intrigued me.
I was never in to the ones using scare tactics and most of them seemed silly (see last image). But for some reason, I always wanted to read them.
Do you remember ones like these?
What are you waiting for? Permission to chase a dream? To get all your ducks in a row before you do what you’ve always wanted to do?
Today, I give you permission to start living your dream. To do what you’ve always wanted to do. To start something new. To write a book – that’s what I did. To be happy. Now is the time to take a step towards making it happen.
You see time moves on. That’s what cancer taught me.
No matter what your struggle is, time moves on. We are one step closer to dying. Might sound depressing but it’s not. It’s the kick in the pants that can get you going.
But be careful: life is not about you, as the best-selling hardback book in history says in chapter one. It’s not about making money, climbing the career ladder, fashion, or looks.
Whenever I worry or get caught up in the things of this world, I ask myself: Would you care about this if you were sitting in a chair getting chemotherapy, feeling sick, or This isdying? Pain cuts through and clarifies.
So throw off all that hinders you so you can focus on what really matters: God stuff. People stuff.
When you look back on your life, like I did, you don’t want regrets. You want to say you fulfilled God’s purpose for your life.
So get started today. Dream. Go. Do it. You have my permission.