Today is my day off. It isn't a day off - it's more like doing everything else I need to do other than work stuff. But as I was driving someone in front of me was going much slower than the flow of traffic. Guess who got stuck behind them? Yes, it was me.
I fumed and fussed for about 20 seconds; then it dawned on me. What do I care? It's my day off. It doesn't matter if I drive fast, slow or in circles. I was getting caught up in everyone else's Christmas Cheer. You know what kind of cheer that is. The kind that yells at people for driving too slow. Grumbles at cashiers for moving too slow. Stresses at UPS for delivering that package from Amazon, too slow.
Eph 4:2 says, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
The only person who can control your feelings is - YOU! When you allow something that you have no control over, like they guy driving in front of you, to control your emotions you can become nothing but impatient. Then the Christmas cheer that I spoke of earlier becomes something entirely different. It becomes an act of love towards others. While they may never know that you didn't honk your horn or glare at them with disgust, you will notice and so will your blood pressure.
Cheer up! Jesus is still in control.