Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. -Mark Twain
Life can sometimes be brutal. I’ve felt the sting of too many kicks this week. And at some point along the way, I got angry. Why was everything happening at once? Why was the work I was putting in seemingly not enough? Why does there have to be tension with some people?
God, in His wisdom, gives us each a “breaking point”…the inner battle that tells us we must “Let Go and Let God.” Hot tears stung my cheeks as I hit my own breaking point and realized that the only way I was going to make it through this was to do both. How merciful is our Lord that even in our weakness, He reminds us He is strong. In those moments of relinquishing my need for control, God reminded me of these things:
The goal is not to make everyone happy-Far too often, I fall in the pit of trying to get everything done and keeping everyone happy. Not only is it impossible, but our role in life is a far higher calling than burning daylight striving for the approval of people. If we are serving Him well, the rest more easily falls into place.
Letting go doesn’t mean giving in-In our desire to be right, we can lose sight of what’s most important. This week, letting go of some things, even when I haven’t fully agreed, made more sense than trying to prove a point. Sometimes “Okay” is the smartest word we can use.
Saying “I’m Sorry” covers a multitude of wrongs-Gosh, sometimes it’s hard to apologize! We feel wronged or slighted, and the last thing we want to do is say “I’m sorry.” But there’s so much power in those two little words. They erase tension, breathe fresh air into discussions, and open the door to reconnection when we’ve messed up. And what’s interesting is that no only does the other person feel better, but so do we. I’ve found that, usually, the hardest part of an apology is getting up the nerve to do it.
I fight the need for control of…well, everything in life…fairly often, don’t you? But God continues to show the power of letting go.
It’s your turn: When life is knocking you down, how do you fight back?