When something happens that you don’t like, do you get mad real fast? Or do you try to figure out what went wrong and how to make it better? It’s a better idea to figure out what went wrong and how to make it better. That shows you know how to use your brain. And that’s better than yelling or getting mad and making someone else have a bad day, too. You know who’ll be happy when you do it that way? God. In fact, you know what He calls someone who gets mad real fast? A fool. Yikes!
Yep, God says not to be so quick to get mad in your spirit. He says that’s what foolish people do. He knows that when you’re mad, you don’t think clearly. And you even say things you might wish you hadn’t said. Things that could hurt somebody’s feelings for a long, long time. You surely don’t wanna do that, do you? Just remember, you wouldn’t wanna have somebody be that way to you. So, don’t you be that way.
When something happens you don’t like, instead of getting mad real fast, stop and think for a second. Say something like this to yourself:
Self, what you gettin’ so mad about?
Self, why you think you wanna be like that?
Self, think about what the Lord would say.
Self, be a nice kid and not a dirty rat.