Target Point, Vol. 13 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: Straws and Camels
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19
Whether anger is internalized or gives vent, sometime, somewhere, somehow, along comes the straw that breaks the camel's back. Perhaps your mother always forced you to eat bologna sandwiches. One day your wife serves you a bologna sandwich and you come unglued. Or, your spouse makes a number of purchases in a short period of time; you say nothing. Shortly thereafter, he or she makes an insignificant $10.00 purchase and you blow your cork.
In these situations we need to take a look at what is brewing below the surface. What is the foundational anger that causes the angry eruption following the entrance of a mere piece of straw?
There is only one place to go when trouble begins to bubble up within. That's to the foot of the cross-the cross of Jesus Christ, that is.
The wife of a couple who I know quite well, says that there are times when she just knows in her heart that she and her husband are brewing for an argument, and she's just about always right. She now says that she realizes when she perceives a fight coming, she has probably let stuff build up inside; or she becomes aware that she has pushed her husband here and there, and stuff is building up inside of him. My friend has resolved that when she begins to be aware that they may be headed for an argument, she will go straight to the Lord and ask Him to change the course of this destructive direction. . . so that the straw becomes limp and ineffective and they do not wind up giving the devil a foothold. I encourage you to do the same.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Sticks and Stones