ONE CHALLENGE OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE is learning how to place our powers continually under God’s control. And we all do have powers – intelligence, skills, energy, for example. We have tongues (I struggle daily with allowing God to direct how I use that power in my life) and emotions such as anger that we can use either to lash out at people or to confront and change unjust systems. Our behavior depends on whether we allow God to direct us.
– Mary Lou Redding
The Power of a Focused Heart
From page 42 of The Power of a Focused Heart: 8 Life Lessons from the Beatitudes by Mary Lou Redding. Copyright © 2006 by Mary Lou Redding. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What are ways anger can be used for good? Share your thoughts.
Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.
John 2:8, NRSV
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This week we remember Anthony of Egypt (January 11).
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