Dear Sabbath Seekers,
I have been noticing lately the increase of angry posts on Facebook. It seems that this venue gives people permission to say whatever they want about whatever they want often without a great deal of personal knowledge or research into certain topics. And their anger triggers an anger response from others. I’m as guilty as the next person on this.
Now, I know there is a great deal to be angry about in this day age regardless of which side of almost any issue you are on from gun control to budget deficits to health care to religious beliefs to relationship advice.
One of the things that I am working on this year is my response to things that cause me to become angry. I want very much to stop being and feeling so angry so much of the time. In doing this I am learning to pay attention to my thinking, my reading material, and my relationships. And this is where Sabbath Moments have been very helpful.
Regular time with God, prayer, scripture and literature that uplifts and gives me positive ways of framing responses has been a tremendous help in keeping me focused and peaceful inside. There is a direct relationship between my inner calm and my time spent in Sabbath Moments. And the more time I focus on the power, peace, and purpose of God, the less time I have to be angry.
Everyone is on their own spiritual journey. Some of those journeys include anger. I’ve learned some hard and unpleasant lessons from my anger and since learning is optional, I am grateful. However, a steady diet of anger only keeps me from experiencing the great banquet of joy and peace that God has set before me.
Have you done an anger inventory lately? On a scale of one to 10 what is the level of your anger at this moment? With someone who disagrees with you? Watching the news? Reading the paper? How does your anger manifest itself? Does it set boundaries (righteous indignation) and move relationships forward or does it attack with intent to take down your opponent?
Take your anger inventory to God this week and let your Sabbath Moments soothe and calm and move you toward inner peace in God’s healing presence.
“Do not the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4.26-27