Got to Let it Go

I take no credit for this pic but could find no source data.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:25-32, New International Version)

I am amazed it hasn’t happened already. In the last two weeks I have been inside almost all the time, inside the house, inside the car, inside the church, inside my mother’s house. I know, I know. There are others who have been inside even more thank I have as they have not left their house.

I was talking to someone the other day who told me it is not at all uncommon for the person to not leave the house for two or three days at a time. First of all, that person is an introvert. Second, the person went on to say, “Now that I have to stay home, I want to go everywhere.” In times like these we can all get pretty frustrated.

I get it. It isn’t an uncommon thing for me to stay home for one day, maybe two. I am not an introvert, I feed on contact with other people. I want to be around other people. I need to be around other people. I can make it for a day or two but right now I feel totally drained. To add to that, I am so frustrated with my self and with computers it is ridiculous. I am frustrated with myself because I went off and left several things at home and now I am paying the price. Most importantly, I left the power cord for my computer at home. I have done things on my phone and on my tablet in an effort to nurse the battery for things I had to do on the laptop. It is dead. And now I need it. There is information on it that exists no where else on the planet. It will be locked there until I get home. GRRRRR!!!!!! Why Keith did you leave something as important as the power cord at home?

I had decided I would write this blog post as a tutorial on tying a snake knot cross. I tied one and patiently took all the pictures with my phone. When I finished, I can’t get the pics off of my phone and onto my mom’s P.C. I can’t seem to get them to play together. I have had password issues. The evil person that decided we needed a different complex password for every program, website, computer and more has lost their mind. We aren’t supposed to write them down. I can’t remember all those passwords. I know the computer is supposed to remember them for you. And, on my computer, most of the time it does, but when, like right now, I am somewhere else, this computer does not know my passwords. I have discovered that when I need to submit a password on an app, it is time to change it. It has to be because I can’t remember. So I go through all the finger gymnastics to create a new password I still won’t remember.

So I can’t get my pics off my phone I moved from a how-to post to one about anger. They don’t quite seem to fit together. Neither does unresolved anger and good health, relationships, or a life in faith.

This post is a personal therapy post. It is my effort to do what Paul says in our lesson, to not let the sunset on my anger and to get rid of it. While a blog post is not always a way to get rid of my anger, it can be therapeutic. To write, something I enjoy, about subjects I enjoy, it is pretty difficult to stay mad for very long.

OK, rant over. Time to get on with my evening.

I hope yours is blessed too.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission is given for the non-commercial use of this post.


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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