While 22-year-old British professional mover Sam Curry was clearing furniture from an old garage near Coventry and loading it into his moving van, he uncovered a mysterious thing wrapped inside a black bag.
The odd-looking object turned out to be a German incendiary bomb from the World War II era—but at first, Curry didn’t know what it is was. Curious about its identity, he started shaking it.
Then—thinking it could be a bomb, Curry put it down and “Googled” it on his smart phone. Sure enough, he found an image of a bomb—identical to the object sitting on the garage floor.
Immediately, he ran out of the garage and called the police. Minutes later, the bomb squad arrived, examined the explosive device and safely removed it. The police questioned the family—but they had no idea how the bomb got inside their garage.
Fortunately, it never exploded—and nobody was injured.
Unlike the old bomb that never detonated, an angry person with a short fuse can erupt anywhere at any time. When anger-fueled explosions occur, people often get hurt.
So, what fuels wrong anger? Circumstances twist. Emotions churn. Tempers flare. Voices get loud. Words attack. People go berserk.
The Bible exposes and warns against the dangers of wrong anger:
“A quick-tempered man does foolish things. A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly” (Proverbs 14:17, 29). Angry people act foolishly and carelessly.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. A hot-tempered man stirs ups dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel” (Proverbs 15:1,18). Angry people act rudely and divisively.
“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32). Angry people act impulsively and recklessly.
Do you have a short fuse—and get ticked off in a hurry? If so, consider taking seven steps:
Next time you want to fly off the handle, stop yourself. Check your anger fuse. Refuse to slam out and hurt others. Speak calmly, patiently and gently. Respond graciously. If necessary, call a time out and walk away. Reconnect later when you can talk calmly.
Nobody can take those steps—or make those choices for you. It’s up to you to think wisely, choose quickly and do whatever it takes to avoid another angry outburst!