Early on in our marriage, I handled my emotions like a two-year-old trying to carry a full glass of water! There were lots of spills and messes. During the second night of our honeymoon, we set out to find a restaurant for dinner in Traverse City, Michigan. "Where do you want to eat?" I asked.
"Oh, it doesn't matter," my wife Ruth, responded.
After naming several restaurants, it became apparent she really did care. She knew all the places she didn't want to eat, but couldn't seem to give any input on where she did want to eat. Lacking any sort of emotional or spiritual maturity, I increasingly become more and more irritated and angry. The tone of my voice and the look on my face said it all.
And then it happened.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash. Ruth had pulled out her camera and taken a picture of me. Perfect. That glorious moment was captured by Ruth and still today holds a spot in our "Just Married" scrapbook.
Unlike Jesus, we often get mad at the wrong things while failing to get angry at the right things.
Whether in marriage or parenting, our anger can lean in the direction of unrighteous anger – the sinful and self-seeking kind.
[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]