Losing control and losing the game

I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I wanted the Steelers win their playoff game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. I’d like to say that the Steelers won the game due to flawless execution. I’d like to say that the Steelers were the better team. I can’t. We won, but it had very little to do with how we played the game and more with how the Bengals players lost composure.

Pride. Arrogance. Anger. Stupidity. That is what ended the Bengals season and gave the Steelers the victory. Personal foul penalty of 15 yards was issued to a stupid hit. Unsportsmanlike penalty of 15 more yards was issued for pushing a coach out of anger. It set up an easily made field goal for the Steelers. Game over. Bengals season over.

It reminded me of James 1:19……and how careful we need to be to avoid pride, arrogance, anger and stupidity in our roles as husbands and fathers. It is easy to get caught the moment…in the argument. We are called to remain in control. And guys….we have much more on the line than a playoff game.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry – James 1:19

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