I’ve Got a Right!

I learned of the tragedy of 9/11 while being prepped for surgery.  My blood pressure skyrocketed so much so the nurse asked me if I was worried about the procedure.   I replied, “No!  I’m just mad!”  I experienced the same fury upon hearing about the Newtown slaughter and the Boston Marathon Massacre.  I ached to lash out at someone, anyone.  As an American I believe I’ve  a right to be mad!  Stark, raving mad!

Following my initial reaction of incredible disbelief, an intense hatred for the perpetrators followed, with a seething resentment on its heels.  Fortunately I realized that the end results of such fury will kill me.  It will turn my heart to granite; sabotage my joy and consume all ribbons of peace found therein.  I know harbored anger will poison me–body, mind and soul.  Guaranteed!

A heavy price to pay just for being right.  Worse yet, the person against whom I have hard feelings doesn’t even know me or who I am.  Yet as I bubble and boil, sending toxic fluid through my system, the only change that occurs is in me.  Like cancer, the negativity I refuse to release poisons every organ in my body and I shrivel into an unidentifiable corpse found only in the land of the living dead.  John 10:10 tells me that I’ve got a right to joy, peace, love, hope.  “I come that you might have an abundant life.”  Jesus also said, “You will have troublous times, but I’ve overcome the world…”

As I said in my last blog, I can let go of the bad because I know the end of the story; I’ve read the last chapter of the Book.  The bad guys lose; the good guys win!  In the meantime I can maintain my sanity with the promise of Proverbs 17:22 NIV. “A cheerful heart is good medicine; but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”  So here’s to healthy bones and eager anticipation of better times.

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