A Fit of Temper that Changed a Young Man’s Life
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:17-18
When Benjamin Carson was a teenager he had a terrible temper. One day he got into a scuffle with another youth, drew a knife, and stabbed at the other boy. The blade, however, caught on the boy’s belt buckle.
That fit of temper was a flashpoint experience for Carson. He went home and fell to his knees, praying for three hours for the Lord to take his temper away.
So, what happened to that young boy? Benjamin Carson retired last year as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, known all over the world for his surgical skills and care for his young patients.
But if God hadn’t prevented his blade from striking and Carson hadn’t conquered his fit of temper that day, hundreds of patients would’ve been deprived of this physician’s compassionate care and brilliant skills as a neurosurgeon.
Aren’t you glad God is in control? Aren’t you glad that His eyes are always on us, watching out for us. The hymn writer of old said it best when he wrote, “For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
I came to realize that if people could make me angry they could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life? – Dr. Benjamin Carson