I pitched one of my famous tantrums the other day. My kids have seen them. Most of my friends have not. My computer got a virus, the electricity went out in half my house, and I’m having some financial issues right now. I’d just had enough. I was slamming doors, knocked the dog food over and yelling about anything and everything.

As I calmed down, I wondered why it is we’d rather slam a door than say a prayer. Imagine if more people stopped to pray before they let anger take control. There would be far less crime, less child abuse, and Congress might actually get something done.

We need to control our emotions and not let them get the better of us. Getting angry is just one step away from hurting someone else. Afterward we can apologize, but there’s no guarantee it will be forgotten.

We need to stop and allow God to take control of our emotions. Psalm 37:8 reads, Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil.

If I had taken a deep breath, counted to ten and prayed, I wouldn’t have had to clean up the dog food that went all over the floor. That would have given me one less thing to be angry about.