If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault. Adults have a hard time with this idea too so I won’t press the issue much with you.
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It’s a “stretch goal” for all of us not to whine about our mistakes. Complaining is a form of anger, so the best place to find God’s mind on whining is James 4:1 where he asked, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?”
The “why question” to your anger is an obvious one, but I do wonder how obvious the answer is to you (James 4:1-3). James says your anger comes from your passions, desires, and coveting, a threefold circularity problem of the heart.
Rather than looking outward as an explanation for what is going wrong in your life, the better thought is what does your anger reveal about you? Sometimes not getting what you want is the perfect thing to shape you into the person you should be.
Jesus ran into this “I’m not getting what I want” problem in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:42). He struggled with dying but finally submitted His life to His Father. And that is your best option. You may or may not get what you want, but there is one thing you must do: submit your life to God.
Time to Reflect
- What does your anger reveal about you?
- Will you write out a specific and practical plan of how you will change? Will you share it with a trusted mentor?
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