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Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, August 3, 2020.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9
Set It Off?
“I’m about to set it off in here!” When I heard those words, I knew it was time to leave. I was picking up some lunch when I heard these words across the restaurant. It seems that there was some sort of mistake with this lady’s order, and she was not pleased. The person she was addressing seemed nice enough and as if he was trying to work the problem out, but this woman was having none of it. She was ranting, raving, yelling, and looked like she wanted to fight. When she yelled out that she was going to set it off, I realized that these ribs were good, but not that good, so I left.
As I drove away, I wondered what had made the woman react that way. Mistakes happen, people get orders wrong all the time. It is usually a quick fix. What I realized was her reaction was not about the food. It was about something completely different. She was caught in the grip of anger. When we get angry, what starts as a small thing always gets worse. Anger always intensifies, escalates, and worsens a situation. Anger shouts for more in a bad situation, encouraging us that nothing is enough until we have gone all the way. The funny thing is when anger lets go, we typically look back, knowing that we could have and should have handled the situation differently.
Friends, all of us have been angry in life at one time or another. We have gone off, said things we wish we could take back, and did things we regret. They felt good at the moment, but when the moment was over, we realized we were wrong, made things worse, and often times had to go fix it. Anger, while satisfying at the moment, turns us into fools. It blinds us to better ways, takes away better options, and leaves us with our worse self. Next time something goes wrong, ask yourself, should I set it off, or do I just need this to be made right? Setting it off might blow off some steam, but it may also destroy your life.