Jan. 29, 2019

Just breathe...

“Be angry, and do not sin; don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” Ephesians 4:26

Whew! Are you trying to catch your breath, too? We’ve had a month of chaos and turmoil. The failure of our leaders to get a handle on securing our borders is frustrating. Their refusal to do something about the guns on our streets drags on. The fact we continue to have mass shootings, including those targeting law enforcement, is sickening. The government gridlock that plagues our country is ridiculous. I really don’t care who plans to run in 2020 or who is projected to win. I prefer all of them focus on solving problems in 2019.

There is no doubt God loves us. I’m just not convinced He likes us. <smile>

Wars of words run amuck. People, close friends and family, are getting mad at one another. Over what? Differences of opinions. Even though our opinion isn’t going to change a thing. Arguing certainly won’t change anyone’s mind.

The Bible teaches us that we can be angry but to not sin in our anger. Confession time: I have a problem with that one. I wish I could say to you every time I get mad, I react or act appropriately. But, I don’t. So, please be like God and grant me some grace during those times that I’m rough around the edges.

More and more, I’m asking the Holy Spirit to fill me. I’m praying He will teach me how to develop tight lips. I’ve asked Him to encourage me to sit quietly and take some deep breaths. Dear readers, we must calm down by uniting!

When I was a little girl, my mother taught me to count to ten before I said anything when I was angry. That usually doesn’t work for me. I found myself counting by twos. <another smile> A former manager taught me to write my feelings down on paper, walk away from them for 24 hours, and come back to them to see if I feel the same way. The key is to create time between my feelings and my reactions. I know you must be asking, “So, how’s that working for you?” <wink>

In a world of technology, we respond too quickly. Responses are often an overreaction. It’s so important for God’s people to know the truth, to tell the truth, to spread the truth, and to always verify anything as being true before sharing it. Anything we see, read, watch, listen to, or post should point to truth. Not bolster hype. Not spread lies when we share posts. Not elevate lies simply because we like what a meme says. There is a great deal of UNtruth being spread. The remedy? Be honest! Many of us know we contribute to the chaos, but it’s so much fun! Debating might seem fun to some, but I’ve discovered it robs my spirit of His peace and my calmness. Now, more than ever, we need to take some time to just breathe.

As we breathe in slowly, let’s say to ourselves, “Jesus loves me.” As we slowly breathe out, say in your mind, “Jesus will save me.” Besides stepping away and counting to ten, my mother also taught me this exercise to calm myself. It’s a form of spiritual meditation. I think you’ll discover it works.