Have you ever been so frustrated that you lose your cool; lose control? Perhaps you have been busy all day and want to rest when you arrive home. Perhaps you move directly into your home office to focus on school work and man's best friend wants attention. You just sat down to enjoy a moment of reflection. You have coffee in hand and here comes your poodle pinning for your attention.
Maybe just sat down to watch the newest episode of The Neighborhood and the little bugger wants something from you. You really wanted to rest a minute and your frustration shows. Is it obvious that I have a little dog that wants attention. A cute little dog that has been an answer to the empty nest syndrome.
Sometimes we are guilty of losing control and want to go put ourselves in the corner for a time-out. Why? Because we just lost self-control. It wasn’t right. Although nothing physically happened, just that we did make ourselves emotionally available to those around us. We did not give our friend, in my case, a little Schitzu-Poodle mix named Colby the attention he wants. Perhaps it is your wife, your son, your daughter, who needs attention-and we did not give it. Perhaps someone close to you would like to help you, you are busy--with your mind on a deep problem--and you lose control. You feel bad. I know the feeling.
Maybe you are driving down the road and the driver behind you passes and cuts you off. Your anger rises and you begin to mutter an unintelligible word, perhaps not so unintelligible, and your wife gives you the "eye" and the hair on the top of your head begins to rise from her stare. (Yes, their "stare" can be that powerful). I heard some say that our wife is the Holy Spirit in the flesh. I joke.
The above scenarios may have happened to me and I plead the fifth for the sake of church unity. Anyway, good examples of losing “your cool” and not being in control.
1 Peter encourages us to use self-control and then he speaks of being Holy. I think having self-control goes with being Holy. Being Holy is being set-apart--having a relationship with God. If a person lacks self-control, is that person Holy? A challenging, and reflective, question.
Now it is time for me to leave the corner-thanking God for forgiveness. See 1 John 1:9.
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Dan is in a second career, that of Counselor, but he is a pastor at heart. He desires to present the Word of God in its context and then challenge the reader in its application to our lives. It is the Word of God that brings revival to our souls. The psalmist writes, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.
Dan and Maribel Kinjorski
Dan and Maribel are Bible Teachers. They love to expound on the Word of God. Maribel has been involved in Church since an early age. A graduate of the University of San German, Puerto Rico, in Business Administration and Economy. Dan is a graduate of East Coast Bible College (now shuttered) and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity (1999) , Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2019), and now working on a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: Counseling Education and Supervision.