Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Control your hanger

"People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness." Proverbs 14:29

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It's a fact. The more you run, the hungrier you get. And have you noticed that when your stomach is growling, you're more likely to lash out at others? That's because, according to Deena Adimoolam, MD, "When we do not eat, our blood sugar goes low." And when our blood sugar falls, the hormones cortisol and epinephrine are released in an attempt to bring it back to normal. Unfortunately, these hormones also lead to irritability and aggression-explaining why you and I can suffer from "hanger" (a combo of hunger and anger that experts say is a real thing) when we don't get that cheeseburger we've been dreaming about for five miles.

But regardless of the reasons you and I might experience anger, the Bible tells us that "a hot temper shows great foolishness." You see, a person who hastily lashes out at others, or has a quick temper, can hurt those around them by their thoughtless and mean words or actions. Which is why Solomon wrote that "people with understanding control their anger." He surely knew that people who grasped how their words or actions might affect others would restrain themselves from the "foolishness" of not carefully considering them.

So whatever it is that might cause you to be mad, irritated or bad-tempered today, won't you take a moment to consider the repercussions of anything you might do or say? After all, the way you handle a difficult or delicate situation might just lead those watching you closer to the Cross or further away from it.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your presence in our lives. And while we know there will be times that we will feel anger, help us to think before we act on our emotions. Help us to be "understanding" of how our words and actions can affect others and choose to replace our anger over a situation with your peace. It's in your precious name we pray Jesus. Amen. 

Happy Running!!!

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