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What gets under your skin – really ticks you off every time you see it? What makes you mad?

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While anger is typically an emotion we try to avoid or, at least, minimize, it can be very insightful in discovering our purpose.

Anger lets us know when we have experienced or witnessed an injustice.

While much of our anger might be related to only perceived or superficial wrongdoings, such as encountering bad drivers on the road, there are times when we are faced with genuine wrongdoings and experience righteous anger.

For example, if our wife is being harassed at work or our child is being bullied at school, we do well to get angry.

Our anger here motivates us to take action and correct the injustice.

The same is true throughout life.

As you listen to the news, scroll through social media, and listen to your family and friends talk, what are those issues that regularly get you riled up?

What are the injustices you would like to correct in life?

These do not have to be global concerns per se, but even those in our daily lives – those that matter to us personally.

For instance, does it make you mad to see others drowning in debt? Maybe your purpose is to help them gain financial security.

Does it irk you when individuals lack basic auto and home repair knowledge? Maybe your purpose is to teach them these skills.

For my part, it makes me mad when men are given no direct guidance on growing their sexuality into God’s best, and then are condemned, without mercy, when they mishandle it. As such, my purpose is to coach men in handling their sexuality well.

Let anger expose your heart’s concern for others. This may shed light on your purpose.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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