Raising the Boiling Point

"We boil at different degrees," Emerson once commented. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Eloquence"; What is our individual boiling point, if any? Does it take a great deal of provocation to anger us, or does it take very little? Whether our boiling point is apparently high or low, we need to pray to realize and demonstrate our God-bestowed stability. This will keep us from responding badly to challenging circumstances.

Even trifles, sometimes, may make us seethe with anger and boil over on our surroundings. And what is accomplished? Eventually, just a big cleanup! One has to mop up the mess, wipe off innocent bystanders who may have been splattered in the overflow, and then clean oneself up, removing the spots caused by volatility of disposition. The time and energy required for all this could have been more gainfully employed in the initial exercise of control over tongue and temper.

No Basis for Fear
November 9, 1974

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.