July 29, 2020

Today, my marriage is in serious jeopardy.  That’s because I have poison ivy – everywhere. 

Whenever my poison ivy gets this bad, I have to make my annual trek to the doctor for a shot of prednisone.  Prednisone and my brain don’t mix well.

I have noticed through the years that whenever I get a shot of Prednisone, Shannon goes out of her way to get on my nerves.  She will breathe, blink, or do something else equally irritating.  When this happens, I have to remind myself that Shannon’s exasperating behavior isn’t that bad and that she does have to breathe, blink, and do other equally irritating things to stay alive.  It’s my problem, not her’s.

While you may not have a wife that is usually wonderful, but becomes kind of annoying whenever you get a shot of prednisone, more than likely someone or something is going to get under your skin.  Don’t let it.  Life is too short to let little irritants prevent you from living the blessed life that God has chosen for you.  But you have to decide.  It is your choice.

That’s why James says:  My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”   (James 1:19-20)

When evil temps you to become angry over something that doesn’t matter, don’t take the bait.  Continue to be the person of peace, joy, and grace that God created you to be.  It’s the best way to live.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I am tempted to become angry over something that is of no consequence, remind me that unnecessary anger does not please you.  Help me live my life in response to your joyful love.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Today, my marriage will not be in serious jeopardy.  I’ve made my choice.  I hope you do too.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins