Not everything is a life or death issue. In a disaster they practice triage. Someone with a severed arm will take priority over someone whose has scrapes and bruises on his arm. Every day we sustain minor injuries from other people. Some people stay offended all the time at everything. If you make a federal offense out of everything, you will miss the joy of living because you will be mad all the time. “It will be to your glory,” the Bible says, “to overlook minor things and to move on.” Being mad all of the time sucks the joy out of your life and the lives of those around you. In the old “Amos and Andy” radio broadcast, they had a friend named Kingfish. Amos walked into the room with a bottle tied around his neck. “What is that?” Andy asked. “It’s a bottle of nitroglycerin,” said Amos. Andy asked, “Why in the world would you be wearing a bottle of nitroglycerin around your neck?” Amos explained that every time Kingfish greeted him, instead of shaking his hand, he would slap his chest and it just infuriated him. He said, “It’s driving me crazy so I am going to show him. The next time he pokes me in the chest it is going to blow his hand right off.” What did he forget? It was going to blow his heart right out. That is what unresolved anger will do for you. Life is too short to live mad. Overlook minor offenses and move on today.
– Dr. Tim Thompson