“And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”….”
Last Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the league MVP, Stephen Curry, lost his cool and got thrown out of the game. This was the first time in his career that it had happened to him, he being mostly a calm and cool player. And then, there on national television, he is throwing his mouthpiece into the stands and being ejected from the arena. This wouldn’t be so unusual for other players, but because it was so out of character for him, the attention the incident garnered made it a front page sports section story. Any time we make a move that is out of our character, others will notice and we run the risk of it blowing upon us, then and there.
Steph Curry is an open Believer, and he reminded us how human we all are. We want to think that someone like Steph could stay above the fray and that God will control his temper. But, that control is a choice and we are told in God’s Word how hard it is for anger to be controlled. Now, most of us won’t have our temper tantrum televised in front of millions of people, but the same results can occur in a cubicle or in a conference room or over the kitchen table. With God’s support and reliance, we have to do our best, knowing that we will inevitably have failures, so that when we do slip, others will hopefully just understand that it is only an isolated incident that is certainly out of character.
Reference: Ephesians 4:26 (New Living Translation)