Keep’ in Your Cool!
by Jane Morin
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Well it has been awhile since I have posted anything. I have been out of town to see the grandkids and to see my daughter. First stop was Abilene and last stop was Fort Worth, TX.
While I was in Fort Worth a most interesting event happened in a drive thru. My daughter and I had just ordered some chicken strips and I was waiting for the young man who took our order to bring it to us, when BAM!...someone ran right into the rear bumper of my car.
I got out at the same time the lady who hit me was getting out of her car. Her face was all red and I took a quick look at my bumper, which showed no more damage then the last person who rear ended me as I was waiting on a red light two years ago. LOL.
The woman said, “I am so sorry, my foot must have slipped off the brake!” I reassured her and told her the damage (which is a minor paint peel) was done prior to this incident. Her car looked fine and I told her not to worry about it and said, “Hey, God bless yuh!” as I nodded and headed for the driver door. She called out, “Ma’am, what does that mean?” She was pointing to the emblem of a fish with the Star of David inside it that I have on my car. I told her that I am a born Jew but believe that Jesus is my Messiah. She said that was neat and then started to confess her faults right there in the drive thru to me. This went on several minutes. She told me she had dropped out of church and hasn’t been happy. She needed to find a good church. I told her I would pray for her and asked her name, which is Cindy. I then gave her my ministry card and suggested she call me anytime if she needed some help. She shook my hand fervently and replied, “I think God wanted us to meet!” “I do too.” I added and went on my merry way.
Had I gotten out of my car with an attitude, which those who know me, know I’m capable of, I may never have had that kind of opportunity to minister. I was already disappointed that I would not be able to go to Christ for the Nations live recording due to some unforeseen circumstance regarding my daughter. The plan was to pick her up and head for Dallas. However, regardless of my disappointment, I am glad God held my temper back before I said anything that may have turned that woman away. The last woman who hit me had no insurance and honestly, I stayed upset about that for a season.
Those who know me say I am a lot like Peter. Engaging my mouth before thinking what I am going to say. However, Peter in his latter years was Spirit controlled and thank God I now can give into the tug of that same Spirit when I feel myself getting out of control. My husband is also learning. Being from NY he has a somewhat crass personality which can rub some of us southerners a little wrong. But in the last six months I have seen him learn self control in that area too. It never bothered me because my mother was born in NY and raised there a big part of her life and she had that same air about her.
So in closing… If you have a habit of “losing your cool” pray that God gives you opportunities not to. I love the Proverb 29:11,
“A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.”
God began to give me victory over this about nine years ago. My life was in constant upheaval and I had many an opportunity for nine-teen years to lose my cool. When I was delivered from that God began working on with me on a new attitude. My heart’s desire is that He continue to mold me and make me into His image.
Copyright 2007 Jane E Morin
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Had to laugh at your message... What an ontime God!! My son just left here on his way to football practice (summer camp) just after I gave him a piece of my mind about the report card I got in the mail today. :::sigh::: But I surprised him before it was all said and done and talked to him like the "grown" young man that he is. Baby steps... With God's help, I'll get it right someday. Leaps and bounds even.