Monday - January 30, 2017
BIBLE READING: Proverbs 14:1-35
I recently read a story of a man who had a problem. He wanted to remove a tree stump from his yard. He decided the quickest way to remove the stump was to use some dynamite he had stored away in his garage. The explosion did remove the stump from his yard, but turned the stump into an airborne missile that went through a neighbor’s roof. The stump opened a 3 foot hole in the roof, split the rafters, and pushed through the ceiling of the dining room.
Like the man in the story, we sometimes think the best way to fix a problem is by blowing up. How many times have you lost your temper and just exploded over some problem thinking it would fix it, only to make it worse? The wise man once said, “A man of quick temper acts foolishly...” (Proverbs 14:17). When we lose our temper it makes us look foolish, because, instead of fixing the problem, we make it worse. If we are honest with ourselves, we can see ourselves in the actions of the dynamite user. We have used explosive words and actions to try to solve problems, which only made things worse. We get action, but we leave much damage in our wake.
Application: The next time you feel like your fuse has been lit and you are about to unleash an explosion of anger on someone, just think about how much that hole in the neighbor’s roof really cost.