Month: April 2014

The Anger Sins


We are created to propagate love, but at times, we opt to dispense fury – anger is a manifestation of wrath. We get angry because of a myriad of things that take place all around us. And in today’s world, getting angry is almost commonplace. A day hardly goes by before one or two things make us mad. Thousands of hardworking, honest people are annoyed because their pension or savings have been cut down due to the avaricious dealings of big corporations. Others are outraged because they have been mistreated or even laid off from their occupation. Still others have lost a loved one. Many others are angry because of expensive, debilitating illness. One may perceive all these as logical reasons to spur fury.
The grand question that lingers in the minds of many Christians is: is getting angry a sin?
All through the bible, we find a handful of instances where men got angry. Cain, Esau, Jacob, Job, Moses, Levi, Balaam, Samson, Balak, Asa, David, Eliab, Jonah, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod, the inhabitants of Ephesus, the Pharisees, and the brother of the prodigal son all got angry at one point, the Bible reports. The Bible also records, in Exodus 32:10, and Psalms 7:11, the ire of God. The New Testament also records instances where Christ got angry (Mark 3:1-5, John 2:13-16, and Mathew 23:23-31.
So, is all the anger we experience today warranted, vindicated, or justifiable?
The book of proverbs perhaps provides us with proper guidance on that by calling those who can control their rage wise and those who cannot contain it fools (Proverbs 29:11). But does the bible imply that being a fool is being a sinner? Probably not. One thing is sure, though; getting angry is an enticement to commit sin. What people do after getting angry is what is of greater concern. If the will of our Heavenly Father is that we do not vent the anger in us, we need to assess the worth of the things that make us mad in the first place, and next, what the Lord wants us to do with the feelings of anger. Ephesians 4:26-27 elucidates what God wants: do not let the dusk come while you are still annoyed. We also have to be careful not to sin by nursing our grudges.
Could it be more clearer…..?


I am stuck: writing



I am stuck. I mumbled these three words over and over before shutting the computer crudely and slapping the screen flat. I was tired of trying to coin words for an essay question that I barely understood what it required. Before that essay, I was an Olympic diver or at least I thought I was one. I had been congratulated many a times for penning enthralling heart-touching poems. My posts had received many a likes. I was on the verge of self-publishing a novel. My manuscript was coming out just nicely. I could churn out professional and personal essays that were sitting at my table, internet, or hard drive. So, I was on top.
But here was an essay that made me ask myself: Can I write? Not tangibly. Not literally. Not technically. I was already doing that. Rather, the question was, can I make the words warble? Does my prose have that sensible thing to speak to readers? Am I exceptional at presenting not narrating, or narrating not presenting, or designing an entire cosmos that wasn’t there before for purposes of enthralling and sweeping readers off their feet?
So why was I getting stuck and hard pressed for ideas if I am a good writer. Suddenly, it dawned on me that a good essay idea or prompt is not the be-all end-all idea. So, I resorted to pushing on. But I was not going to go back to the computer just yet. Instead, I dug into a few lazily thrown magazines and read almost everything in them whether interesting, relevant, long, short, well-written, or not. All the while, ideas kept crossing my mind. Trains of thoughts, I may say, filled my mind. Then, I took a nap – healthy nap. When I woke up, I did so with a start, and my fingers were itching to meet the keyboard to write continue with the story from where I had left it.



Antidote to The So-Busy Lifestyles

I know the meaning of busy, or at least I think I do. Okay, I am busy, at times, judging by my own standards of busy. Because, let’s face it, at times we seem busy with nothing while, at other times, we do nothing that is associated with busy. Too much of that, I just have to say that I have been busy, not quite, not a bit, but real busy over the past few days. You will forgive me if I have not called you, called you back, texted you, texted you back, or facebooked with the rest of the social networkers out there. I did not even have time to write, well not as in writing academic-thesis-oriented stuff, but this kind, the inspirational kind, the fulfilling kind. I have not had time to read, yet am an avid reader. I have not had time to sleep, enough, or do any of that stuff that stress free people do, like walk down boulevards picking blossoming flowers and sticking them in budding plants so that they can look like blossoming flowers. In sum, I have just been on this keyboard, doing things that I presume will bring me monetary solutions for my stack-piled problems.

Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. In fact, we seem as though we cannot even get enough time to do the most basic things that are critical for one to live a comfortable normal life. There is a danger to this kind of lifestyle. It is totally not recommended not to find time to pause every now and them. Even the heart, the organ that we so often describe as the center of human life, the one that we so often like to think never rests till we bid the world farewell, rests. The heart rests after every heartbeat, before it plunges back in with systolic and diastolic pressures, as lively as new machines are. Implying that resting is a rule of nature, which should not be broken if life activities are to go on smoothly. Yet, we need much more than periodic rests, much more than 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, even more than that one hour out of every twelve hours of busy. What we need, what we really need is rest from routines, normals, and schedules. We need different every so often. So, break free, take a break from how you do things. Skip that appointment, miss than TV program, and do something completely different that will give you true psychological rest.