Mad Week: Wrong Way!

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)

Have you ever noticed those Wrong Way signs on a divided highways or one-way streets? They’re almost funny – until you realize they’re talking to you. It’s like the Department of Roads is saying, “If you’ve missed all of our other signs pointing you in the right direction, this is our last attempt to keep you from having a head-on crash with another car.”

mad_350We should almost always think of our anger like one of those Wrong Way signs. It’s a warning that the way we’re going won’t get us to our destination. As Christians, anger should tell us, “You’re on the path away from the life God wants for you.”

The warning also tells us that if we don’t turn around soon, we’re probably going to get hurt. Or hurt someone else. Or maybe both. Usually, our U-turn option includes shutting up. Thinking hard. And putting anger away, hopefully before we make eye contact with another driver.

Think: What’s your most common reaction to feeling angry – to hit the brakes or step on the gas? Why do we so often do the opposite of what’s wise when we feel angry? How can we change that?

Pray: Ask God to help you to remember to hit the brakes the next time you start getting angry, before you do any damage to yourself or others.

Do: Look for Wrong Way signs when you’re driving around this week and use the reminder to ask God to help you to listen to and control your anger.