Thursday, July 31, 2014

Anger Management

Two church members were going door to door and happened to knock on the door of a woman who was not happy to see them. She told them in no uncertain terms that she did not want to hear their message and she slammed the door in their faces.
To her surprise the door did not shut all the way, in fact it bounced open. She tried again really putting all her strength behind it only to have the same result-the door bounced back open.
Convinced these rude young people were sticking their foot in the door, she reared back to give it one last slam that would teach them a lesson, when one of them said, "Ma'am, before you do that again you probably ought to move your cat."
Too many times we assume things, judge people and act hastily only to find that "our own cat" is causing the trouble. We get angry and unleash the beast within. Sometimes its with words and other times its actions. All of the time its unproductive.
The Bible tells us not to let the sun go down on our other words, resolve the issues and calm the conflict. Anger will destroy you from the inside out. Things are not always what they seem. Take time to respond rather than impulsively reacting. Manage your anger so your anger won't manage you!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Carrot or Horse?

Charles Spurgeon told a story how once upon a time in an old kingdom, there was a gardener who grew an enormous carrot in his garden. Now this man loved his sovereign (aka the king) so he came and presented the carrot to the king, saying, "This is the best carrot my garden will ever grow. Receive it as a token of my love." Now the king discerned his heart of love and devotion and saw that he wanted nothing in return. This moved the king and he then gave the gardener far more land than he currently had for his garden, so the man went home rejoicing.
Now a nobleman at court overheard this conversation. He thought to himself, "If that is the response the lord makes to such a small gift, what will he give in response to a great one?" So the next day he brought the king a fine horse, saying, "This is the best horse my stables will ever grow. Receive it as a token of my love." But the King discerned the nobleman's heart, and in response he just received the horse and dismissed the giver. When the king saw the look of confusion on his face, he said, "The gardener's gift was a gift, indeed, out of love, but you are just trying to make a profit. He gave me the carrot, but you gave yourself the horse."
Why do you do the good things that you do? Is it an attempt to appear virtuous? Check yourself. Carrot or horse? There is a difference in being virtuous and victorious. Live victoriously today!