My friend, may I ask you a question? Like boiling water, a prudent man doesn’t let his temper boil over lest he get into the hot water himself. Is it always best to turn the heat of the situation down before the boil gets away?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford 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. We need to be in control or risk hurt to others as well as 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 bully- ing tactics and he insisted that Nastase default the match for his unsportsman-like 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 have told us in Your Word that each of us must figure out for ourselves if we control our anger or does our anger control us? Lord, we give any problem of anger to You and ask for Your Holy Spirit to assist us in controlling anger so that it doesn’t control us. Your Word teaches, “He who would be angry and not sin, must be angry at nothing but sin.” Like boiling water, as prudent men and women, we shouldn’t allow our tempers to boil over lest we get into the hot water ourselves Help us Lord to always know that it’s best to turn the heat of the situation down before the boil gets away. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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