Methinks people have their panties on too tight these days. I know, I know, an important election is coming up. To hear some people talk, it’s the most important election in the history of the US! Yeah, right.
I mean, everywhere you look, it’s anger here, anger there. And frankly, I too have been caught up in it from time to time, though I try, Lord, I try not to be. I think there are a couple of reasons why I get caught up in it:
- Feeling of powerlessness – this is usually the one that snags me. There’s nothing I can do about, say, appraisal creep, so I get ticked off at every politician, even those trying to do the right thing.
- Sense of Worry – my second most used excuse to be angry. How am I going to retire if I am taxed to death? (ponder that one)
- Sense of Injustice – when I see someone get away with what I would consider a wrong, it ticks me off, so I’m apt to go off yelling at the dog or something similarly ineffective.
- Sense of Piety – how dare you have an opposing viewpoint on a moral issue? Why, I read my Bible, I go to church, I pray, I do things. Hmpf, do you? Of course not, therefore I’m better than you – and that ticks me off. Do it my way! Now!
Those a but a few examples of why I get mad, trust me, there are hundreds more. And I suspect it is much the same for others. Reflecting upon the Bayllor study I mentioned earlier, I think that the reason they chose anger for the x-axis in the belief chart is because it is far more widespread than is love. As such, it would be a better gauge, hence its’ use. Makes sense to me.
So if, as I stated in #4 above, I read my Bible, so then why is it so easy for me to forget this teaching from Jesus?
Matthew 6:25â€œThat is why I tell you not to worry about everyday lifeâ€”whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isnâ€™t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They donâ€™t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And arenâ€™t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28â€œAnd why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They donâ€™t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 â€œSo donâ€™t worry about these things, saying, â€˜What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?â€™ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 â€œSo donâ€™t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Todayâ€™s trouble is enough for today.
So let’s all do each other a favor and loosen up a bit. Buy some new panties, a bit larger this time. Relax, enjoy life, whilst you can.