Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cruise through the Blues with a Longer Fuse!

The damage from hasty words always lasts longer than those words take to say.  Repair costs – in terms of time, emotional energy and finances – can be considerable, and regrets run deeper when words have been fired without all the facts being present.

Though anger is part of our makeup, it is something we can control because no one can make us angry unless we let them.

Anger has many triggers.   

It may come from past violation, or betrayal of trust, by a significant adult during our childhood, and clinical counselling may be needed to lift us free of excuses or labels that blind us to our power to forgive, to choose and to change.

If our anger is fed by prejudice, fear or superficial views, we have a wonderful opportunity to grow up, so we may direct our energy towards fixing problems instead of fixing blame.

And if we are angered by people doing what we would long to do, or doing what we cannot forgive ourselves for, we need to check our hypocrisy levels.

We can lengthen our fuse by comparing our irritations against the struggles that others have – just to survive.

When we shift our focus onto what angers God, his love can override our irritations, so we can tap into his wisdom and patience to slow down our anger and give others room to respond.  Letting him call the shots also releases us from the self-imposed need to measure everyone else by our patience-level.

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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