Living every moment with tension can take a toll over time. It can make you ill. Honor Slow is Beautiful, as I once saw on a button, when you can. Maybe stay in pajamas on Sunday. Someone told me the whole family did this spontaneously one day and it was better than the last vacation.
Being angry and not sinning requires the discernment of constant practice (Hebrews 5:14) because so much of our anger is rooted in our prideful, selfish sin nature. And if we’ve suffered under the tyranny of a sinfully angry person, emotionally it can be very difficult to distinguish between sinful and righteous anger. But because it is something God calls us to, we must press into it.
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
This you know, my beloved brethren But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back
8 tips for staying calm:
- Worry with purpose
- Keep it in perspective
- Imagine the best-case scenario
- Do what you can do today
- Give yourself a pep-talk
- Find something better to do
- Practice a power move
- Go to sleep early
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”