Boiling wort?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Does boiling over emotionally usually work the opposite of what we had wanted in the first place? In the end doesn’t it result in hurt to others usually more than we hurt ourselves?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Although I don’t drink much beer, I do enjoy making it from time to time. To make home brew the first thing you need to do is what’s called “boiling the wort.” The wort is a mixture of water, malted grain and hops. When cool and the sugar and yeast have been added, you have the start of the brewing process. A boiling, wort is more than just a simmer. The malted grain gives the boil a real roll. You need to be there to turn down the heat when that roll is achieved. If you’re not careful, excessive heat can splatter the wort and give the beer a burnt taste. Worse yet, if the wort boils over, the minute you lift that cover you risk being scalded. It imperative that a home brewer is in control of the boiling wort at all times.

It’s like that with our emotions as well. Boiling over emotionally usually works the opposite of what we had wanted in the first place. It doesn’t hurt others usually more than we hurt ourselves.

Here’s a story: In the 1975 Masters Tennis Tournament tennis star Arthur Ashe was ahead 4-1 in the third and decisive set of a round-robin match with Rumanian-born Ilie Nastase, sometimes dubbed “Nasty” Nastase for his flamboyant on-court antics. Behind in the match, Nastase went into his act again, stalling and arguing, cursing, taunting, and acting like a madman. Finally, Arthur Ashe put down his racket and walked off the court, saying, “I’ve had enough. I’m at the point where I’m afraid I’ll lose control.” “But Arthur,” cried the umpire, “You’ll default the match.” “I don’t care,” replied Ashe, “I’d rather lose that than my self-respect.” Agreeing that Nastase’s unruly behavior had unfairly interrupted the match the referee came up with a solution. He announced that Nastase was disqualified. He refused to condone his bullying tactics and he insisted that Nastase default the match for his unsportsmanlike conduct. (Peter Kennedy)

Arthur Ashe won both in the game of tennis–and in the game of life. Each of us has to figure out for ourselves if we control our anger or does our anger control us? Today in prayer, give any problem of anger to the Lord and ask for His Spirit to control you. The Bible teaches, “He who would be angry and not sin, must be angry at nothing but sin.” Like that boiling wort, a prudent man doesn’t let his temper boil over lest he get into the hot water himself. It’s always best to turn the heat of the situation down before the boil gets away.

We pray. Heavenly Father, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the Author and Finisher of my faith. Help me to focus on the blessings and positives in my life today. As you examine my heart, Lord, search and reveal anything that is not of you that I may be set free as circumstances attempt to overwhelm me, Lord fill me with peace and clarity. Help me to control my anger and rage, Oh loving Father. Help me not to be consumed in it. I pray that sin would not emerge as the anger infests my mind. In Jesus name. Amen! (–adalpted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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