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Allowing God to Direct Us

Today’s Reflection

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.

Today’s Question

What are ways anger can be used for good? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

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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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 19, 2013, 5:42 am

    Thank you God that you are in control even of our emotions. Help us to use our anger in ways that are pleasing to you. Teach us to know that anger is appropriate when it is directed at things that wrong You. Help us not to sin in our anger. Forgive us for the times that we are angry for the wrong reasons.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 19, 2013, 5:46 am

    Thanks Mary Lou Redding for writing this very meaning reflection.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 19, 2013, 5:46 am

    Thanks Mary Lou Redding for writing this very meaningful reflection.

  • Jill January 19, 2013, 6:53 am

    When I am able to honestly look at my anger – it usually comes around to my own pride. Instead of venting/acting out in my anger – I am trying to take that hard look at myself. In addition – I try to see if the things that cause me anger from others are evident in my life…

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