Sunday, August 23, 2020

Is There a Loose Cannon Inside You?

In the 1800's, a ship in the Atlantic encountered a bad storm. The crew heard crashing sounds below and hurried down to discover that a cannon had broken loose. 

As the ship went up and down over the waves, the cannon rolled from one side of the ship to the other and was ramming into the sides. The sailors were able to secure the cannon and get it under control.

It's not the storms on the outside that destroys us, but the storms on the inside. When our anger gets out of control, it becomes like the loose cannon that tears us up inside. If we don't get it under control, it will sink us.

Why do we get angry? It’s because others are doing something we don’t want them to do, or they aren’t doing something we do want them to do. What we want to happen and what’s actually happening aren’t matching up. Husbands and wives get mad at each other because their expectations aren’t being met. They blame each other for something they did or didn’t do. Their anger increases because they keep fighting over the same issues rather than talking things out and forgiving each other.

Many people get angry over things they cannot change. I know football fans who are still fuming over a referee’s bad call from years ago. Can they go back in time and change the ref’s call? No. Can they change the outcome of the game? No. 
Have they lost their joy? Yes.

Controlling your anger is like the sailors securing the cannon. It stops rage from tearing you up on the inside. “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city” (Prov. 16:23). 
Don’t let anger control you. You must control it.
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