Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 2010

"Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." Proverbs 16:32
Have you ever felt like you were "on edge"? Do you know what it is like to feel like you are on pins and needles? That is literally the word picture for being irritable.
Our Love Dare today challenges us to not be irritable. Or, when you do feel irritable make sure we don't take it out on our spouse. How do we do that?
The best way to keep from getting irritable is to stay away from the edge. Build some margins in your life. Make sure you get you rest. Schedule time alone with God. Be sure you do something fun or relaxing each day. Guard your attitudes and thoughts. Keep focused on God and on others. Don't let life be about you. Self-centeredness is the primary cause of irritation. When you are worried about your rights and trying to protect them, you will become more easily irritated.
Combine the other Love Dare challenges of patience, kindness, thoughtfulness, courtesy and you will go a long way toward keeping yourself from being irritable.
And, when you do become irritable, deal with it! Don't allow your irritation to be directed at your wife. Realize that it is your problem and in the power of God, overcome it. Control you temper. Take your thoughts and emotions captive.
Love Dares to build margins and stay away from the emotional edge. Be not easily irritated.