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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: Anger Management
By Nita Frazier
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There was a time when I was somewhat proud of my Celtic temper. I don’t have red hair and freckles. I can’t charm the wee folk out of their gold with flowery language. I don’t play the bagpipes, nor can I do a passable River Dance. The temper was is the only thing I have to show of my Welsh heritage.
In 1989, during one of my early morning tirades my seven-year-old son calmed my anger with a memory verse. He quoted James 1:29: “Therefore, my beloved brethren let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (KJV) which for his second grade Sunday School memory verse had been reduced to, “Be slow to Anger.”
Cody yelled, “Beslowtoanger,” saying the verse as one word.”
Hearing God’s words in my son’s childish voice stopped me in my tracks.
I wish I could say that I tossed aside the pride and temper that morning. I didn’t. Now, though, when I’m tempted to explode I hear Cody’s voice saying, “Beslowtoanger.”
In turn that one word led me to a conscious effort to control my thoughts, to stop dwelling on incidents that make me angry.
When I’m bored the tiresome old thoughts pop up, but I’m becoming adept at sidestepping them.
I know anger management will be a continuous course between God and me. I love to learn and He, of course, is the master teacher.
We’ll do just fine together.
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