I knew this blog post, and with it this confession, was coming. I have felt it rising in me. This realization that I had a problem. That there was a “beast” in my life, lurking under the surface. And as I often do – I am going to be vulnerable and attempt to confess it and work through it here on my blog, in hopes that the Biblical act of confession will free me even as maybe it frees someone else from the sin that so easily entangles.
I have really struggled with anger the past few months. Truthfully – I have struggled with anger my entire life. But recently it has been rough. I will erupt and feel out of control. I will say and do things that are cruel. I will be remorseful afterwards. I will hate myself. And yet I will do it again. And often, the victim of my anger is someone I love more than my own life.
When I started receiving the promotional materials for the new series on anger at Keystone Church, TICK’D, I began to prepare my heart. I knew I needed this message – I prayed it would change me. I had been trying for months, with little success. I had told Justin about my struggle. We have been praying about it. I told my brother. I confessed it to a few trusted girlfriends. I was fearful of this beast in my life. I was tired of being out of control. I felt helpless against it. I am terrified that my daughters will be wounded and damaged by this sin in my life. I am terrified they themselves will be angry and I will pass on this legacy of anger instead of the legacy I long to pass on to them. I didn’t know where this was coming from. I have seen anger from others around me for most of my life – but I wasn’t raised in a volatile environment. So why do I struggle with this? I even wondered if I was even saved? I certainly didn’t feel I was acting like it.
All of these thoughts, questions and doubts have been swirling in my head the past few weeks as I have waited impatiently for this message (couldn’t even be patient for that). And this week – something happened that completely illustrates what I am talking about. I had a battle for control with Grace this week in which she was out of line, out of control, and rebellious in a dangerous way to her and me (in fact, I got hurt because of her rebellion). In that moment, I was angry to a dangerous level. Now don’t get me wrong, in some ways, anger in the situation was warranted. What she did could not be tolerated. But not to the level where I was on that day. It took me hours to calm down. I kept thinking to myself, “How can you teach her self-control when you yourself don’t demonstrate self-control?” I was desperately praying for wisdom, for peace, for patience, for love, for help in that moment even as I seethed. It was a scary place to be.
First of all – if you are like me and something is simmering just below the surface – listen to this message. There is so much in here that is true and good and directly from God. And second, I ask for your prayers as I beg the Lord for freedom from this. I want to be a person, I want to be a mom, I want to be a wife, who demonstrates the fruits of the Spirit. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Self-Control – that is what I want my children to see. I don’t want to be this volatile tyrant.
Jesus I confess this horrible sin. Please heal me. Please help me. Please become center of my life. Please release me of my need to be in control, to look put together, to be respected. Please take your proper place in the center of my life – the center of my heart. Please grow in me the fruits that I cannot, by force, grow in myself. I need You – I am lost without You. Please free me and anyone else reading this struggling with this same sin.