Target Point, Vol. 10 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: The Brain Game
For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Our discussion for the last four days has been focusing on the incredible damage which can be caused by Internalized anger. We have talked about the physical results, the emotional impact, and the spiritual impact. Let us finally look at how internalized anger can affect our MENTAL PROCESSES.
Anger inside the heart directs who a person is, how they function, how they think. Our verse today makes this very clear in a very concise way. It's saying, whatever is going on in your heart directs who you are literally!
There are many ways our mental processes can affect how we behave as individuals. Here are just a few questions to ask yourself: Are you a procrastinator-always late? Are you barraged by bad dreams? Do you continue to relive a hurt or an abuse by someone else? Does your mind rehearse it and rehearse it till the thoughts of a hearse look pretty good to you?
As your mind plays that Brain Game of rumination and revenge, take the following steps:
1) Monitor and manage the thoughts which give rise to your feelings.
2) Respond carefully to any anger rising inside you, without transferring blame or retaliating.
3) Properly manage those angry feelings through forgiveness and healing.
Remember that your successes in proper anger management (and resolution of its causes) undoubtedly will be interspersed with some failures. But each experience of falling short of success can be valuable in further instructing us about ourselves and improving our skills in proper anger management. So don't be discouraged. Being transformed from an angry individual, to one who is able to control those angry feelings is a process. Let that process happen!
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Flares or Flashlights