Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: Look, Ma, there's Anger in my Genes!
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Louisa May Alcott captured the beauty of parent, child, and Creator working together to overcome anger. I have been thinking of this passage of literature quite a bit lately as we toil together in our own home.
I thought I’d become a calmer soul till my child brought home an “N” in behavior on his report card. ("N" does not stand for "Nicely done.") The problem was the same basic short temper we have dealt with since he was about 11 months old! It’s a real struggle for him and will probably be there for quite a few years.
I think I felt the “N” more strongly than he did. As his mother, I am supposed to fix him, right? It’s really difficult to work through this trial placidly because as a kid and teenager I also frequently encountered my inner Mr. Hyde.
My Irish heritage, while bringing passion and creativity, also carried with it a legendarily short fuse. I think about the friendships damaged or lost and I am regretful. I wince upon recollecting a heated exchange with a classmate in college. A few incredibly stupid acts done in a fit of temper had long-term ramifications. Like trying to unscramble eggs, any attempt to make amends often just got messier and not better.
But I have decided to see it as a strange kind of blessing. If I had been placid and meek, I wouldn’t have plummeted as often as I have. There’s nothing like the underside of remorse to help us towards repentance. And self-control is something I long for now, because I know the perils of living without it. My natural “fruit” is bitter and causes grief to all within range.
What grace to be given the Spirit of God who gives me better fruit and even allows it to spill out into the lives of family and friends. While I often have to learn the hard way, it’s our amazing God who ably restores the years that I give to the locusts of anger and self-interest. He takes an angry heart of stone and gives me a heart like His.
I am thankful that my child knows God. I am thankful that he knows what is right, even if he finds it hard to do. I am entrusting him to a faithful God who loves him so very much more than I can imagine. Difficult as it is to watch my little one struggle with his own temper, it’s an encouragement to know God can turn it around one day.
Now my responsibility is to pray, walk alongside, encourage, and admonish. I struggle right along with him, and though I wish I parented perfectly all the time, I know I foul up enormously. I’m no fictional Mrs. March. Happily for my boy, God is not fiction, either. He is able to change us both if we are willing to let Him.
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be right now. CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.