Early this morning I had an "angry" moment when my husband did not have Mr. President #1 and Mr. President #2 dressed and ready to go at a certain time. My daily routine is to have the clothes and shoes prepared for dad the night prior, and in the morning he can ideally get the boys up and dressed in no time. But why did I get so frustrated when he was running a little behind this morning? Because I neglected to remember that LOVE IS NOT EASILY ANGERED!
It's day eight of the Love Challenge, and today we are reminded that love is not easily angered.
In the moment, we often get frustrated or irritated, even angry when someone doesn't do something as expected. Whether it's our children, spouses, co-workers, or friends, we find it so easy to get upset with them when we sometimes need to take a moment to think it all through and respond positively and appropriately. If I had considered the fact that my husband was running behind this morning because I had him running errands late last night, which caused him to get in bed much later than usual, I would have been a little more mild-mannered and willing to pitch in when I walked in the room and saw the boys still in pajamas.
It might feel good to have a brief outburst of anger in the moment, but it might later cause a negative rippling effect you never anticipated. I know people can often get under your skin, but try to respond in love instead of reacting in anger. Love is not easily angered, so don't let that negative spirit get the best of you.
Check in tomorrow for day nine of the Love Challenge!