Normally when I hit the gym its all very normal. I go through my different exercise routines: do a set, feel the burn, do another set, continue to feel the burn, then do my third set, and then on to the next exercise.
One day in particular was different. I went to the gym angry about a couple of things.
Surprisingly, the anger actually helped me focus on my exercise routine more clearly than usual.
Usually we don’t think of anger in a positive context. The Bible has a lot to say about anger and the problems that come with it. James 1:20 reads, ”because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
But also, the Bible describes anger that is approved, often called “righteous indignation”. Mark 3:5 describes Jesus as being angry because of the stubborn hearts of the people.
Focused anger actually has good benefits, if used for the right reasons. Below are four benefits of focused anger:
1. Focused anger…well… keeps you focused. When you are angry, you are focused on that one issue that made you angry in the first place. But it can also spill over to other issues you are facing at the moment.
2. Gives you strength. Focused anger will help you push through. It will give you that extra burst of energy to go through the problems facing you.
3. Allows for clearer thinking. If you slow down and start thinking about what you were angry about, you can put things into perspective. When you are angry it’s not a time to act, it’s actually a time to reflect before you act.
Which leads me to number 4 below:
4. Focused anger actually helps you make decisions. In my case I decided to go the gym. It’s not good to make rash decisions when you are angry. After you have thought through the issue clearly, the decision that you make will be practical, well-thought through, and less of an emotional decision.
How have you used focused-anger for the good?