“The greatest remedy for anger is time.” – Seneca
We live in a Fallen World, the very nature of which is self-centered and abusive in the search for power, control, and pleasure. When we confront these abuses in life, we often don’t know how to help right the wrong, which can lead to feelings of Helplessness. Helplessness will go one of two ways: Indifference or Frustration.
Indifference is common today, and it takes the form of being so tightly wrapped up in our own little worlds that we just ignore the abuse around us – often thanking God that He has kept us from this abuse (a theology that the God of The Bible wouldn’t agree with, but that’s a topic for another day).
Frustration, on the other hand, leads to Anger, and Anger leads to Destruction if we don’t deal with it before we turn loose the hate-filled words and actions that build up within our hearts and spill over into the lives of those around us.
Now there are many ways to deal with Anger, and I believe Seneca is right – time is a great remedy for Anger, because it allows us to take our Frustration to God (who can handle it), see the issue more clearly for what it is and why it exists, realize that the same root of selfishness exists in my heart (it just looks different in the mirror), and respond with Grace and Mercy in the form of Compassion instead of the Hate that my selfish heart wants to puke out (and in turn make the matter worse).
My Girls, I Hope and Pray that you will do better than me in handling Frustration and Anger because the trail of destruction is so great and the cost of repair is so high.
Challenge Question: Are there issues coming at you TODAY that you might need some time to cool off?