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|Why Am I So Angry?
By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted October 10, 2005
It’s everywhere. There is no escaping it in our present society. You see it at most stoplights; you encounter it in the aisles of Wal-Mart; you see it in your children and experience it in your spouse. It has reached epidemic proportions and is growing more rapidly than the population.
The plague of which I speak is not one that can be eradicated with a few simple injections of an antibiotic. Those of us who struggle against it wish the cure were that simple. Anger is something most people struggle against at one point in their lives. But if you watch our world today you will notice that most people have ceased their struggle and have given into anger’s control.
I spent a great number of years refusing to struggle against the one thing that hampered my joy and my spirit. Oh, like most I made decisions to fight my anger only to lose the struggle the next time someone pulled out in front of me on the bypass. It wasn’t until the Lord revealed to me the source of my anger that I began to experience the increased joy and happiness of a life that had gained some control of its anger.
I truly believe there are a great number of people reading this article who are facing the same struggle. We are blind to the devastation our anger causes in the lives of those around us and in our lives as well. So I want to spend the next few weeks sharing some insight with you on the subject of anger. Just maybe if you allow the Lord to speak to your heart, you will, like me, find the joy and happiness you have been searching for. I invite you to join me as we explore this subject together.
We always seem to blame our anger on someone else. The other driver; the other shopper; the other player or coach is always to blame. After all, they made us mad, right? Wrong. One of the greatest moments in my spiritual life came when I realized the source of my anger. It was not other people or even my upbringing. It was me!
In Genesis 3:1-5, we read the account of Satan’s temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden. God had allowed Adam and Eve freedom to pretty much eat what they wanted except for the fruit of this one tree. Along came Satan and began to tempt Eve to eat the fruit and forget what God had told them.
Now, in the midst of this account there is a verse that revealed to me the entire reason for my anger. As Satan talks to Eve, he tells her in verse 5,”For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Do you see it? It’s right there in front of you. The foundational source of all your anger is right there in that one simple statement.
“You will be like God.” There it is. The reason we get so angry is that we feel as though we should be treated like God. Selfishness entered our lives at that moment. We began to judge all things by the affect they will have on us. We judge others and react to them based on the affect their actions have on us. And since we are now the center of our own universe, if they do not do as we expect we get angry.
I’m not asking you accept this right off the bat. Think about it as you keep a record of you anger this week. I think you will see most outbursts occur when things aren’t going the way we want them to. In the next few weeks we will continue to examine this thing called anger, its sources, affects, results, and prescriptions for change.
I invite you to share these articles with those you know are sacrificing the joy and peace God desires for them because of controlling anger.
Dr. Myers is Pastor of Smiths Station Baptist Church, Smiths Station Alabama and a former Youth Minister of Sweetwater Baptist Church (1981-1986)
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