Remember when I shared about my struggles with anger? God has tested and grown me in this area, and sometimes I forget how much I have changed. With so much noise in our lives, it’s difficult to take time to pause and recognize how far we have come.
Last week, I messed up and yelled at one of the kids. He looked at me with fear in his eyes. At first, I was wracked with guilt. But then I remembered how I would have reacted a few years ago. That angry voice would have accompanied a harsh grip on my child’s shoulder, as I led him into his room for his time out. Other times, it was even worse. I disciplined out of anger, not out of a sincere longing for him to learn from his disobedience.
Fast forward to last week. Yes, I yelled at him. But I calmed myself down before disciplining him, and I also apologized for allowing my temper to escalate. I’m not perfect. Far from it. But, like it says in Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Take a mental snapshot of a sin that you struggled with last year. Can you see how God is shaping you, pruning you, quieting you with His love and His mercy? Thank God for how far you have come.