When you need to cool off

Feelin’ a bit stressed with all the family-ness?
 
We’ve all seen those movies when two guys are fisting it out on a street corner. Maybe they’d been fighting over a girl. Maybe they’d been trading insults out of jealousy. I’m sure there’ll be a movie scene someday when two people are fighting over toilet paper.
 
Usually, a rational person steps into the middle of the fray and says, “Hey, break it up! Just go home.”
 
I remember my first year of teaching. A fight between two giant students started in the hallway outside my classroom. So I swung open my door, grabbed the closest kid by the collar, yanked on him, and yelled, “Stop right now!”
 
Well, that was dumb, because that kid came within an inch of slugging me in the face.
 
When we have disagreements or even full-out, yelling arguments, the best thing might be to “just go home.”
 
Okay, so we ARE at home . . . but perhaps we also need to . . .
 
Give ourselves time out.
 
Take a long walk.
 
Read something that will give us proper perspective (Bible, Christian fiction, nonfiction self-help).
 
Put on some music.
 
Bake cookies and give them away.
 
Call a friend.
 
Write a letter to a shut-in senior citizen.
 
Perhaps then we’ll find our “home”–our better selves.
 
Janet McHenry loves to find the daily application behind scripture as she reads through God’s Word each year. A national speaker, she is the author of 24 books, including two Bible studies and would love to speak at your next event: https://www.janetmchenry.com.
 
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