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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Like a Red Rag to a Bull (11/28/13)

TITLE: He Tried To Trip Me
By Ken Ebright


As the lighting director for a shopping channel, I was working on a set in Studio A. When I strolled back to my workbench to find it booby trapped. There was a string tied to a rack; thankfully I noticed it before I tripped and fell. Suspecting it was Brian, I sought him out.

I stood inches from his face. "Brian, why did you tie a string to the rack to trip me?"

Brian snickered. "I wanted to tick you off."

"What did I do to get this treatment?" I felt my blood pressure rising.

Brian clenched his teeth. "You didn't fix my light."

Feeling overwhelmed with anger, I lost my cool and shoved him. "You're such a jerk. If you'd given me a chance I would've fixed it."

Brian waved his finger in my face. "Don't touch me; you're the jerk. You never do anything I ask."

"That's not true." I stormed out and slammed the door.

Satan wants to trick us into sinning. In this case my sin was anger. The Bible reminds us we shouldn't buy into his tricks.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devilís evil tricks. Ephesians 6:11 (NCV)

We all encounter situations like this. Unfortunately, I didn't manage it very well. Though it can be difficult, when we get mad we need to handle it in a Christ-like way. Thankfully, in the past few years the Lord has been helping me deal with my anger better. In no way am I perfect, but I'm getting there.

Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Ephesians 4:31 (NCV).

Lord, please help us when we get into a situation where were tricked into a temper fit. Please help us to deal with these situations in a Christ-like manner. In Jesus' name, amen.

Author's footnote: This was a fictional

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Nancy Bucca12/05/13
Overall, I think you did a good job with this devotional, leading in with a story of rage that needed to be kept under wraps and ending with scriptural advice regarding anger management.

The only thing I personally would have liked to see is a more gracious resolution of the described conflict - an apology perhaps, or other ray of hope concerning the interaction between coworkers. Other than that, I think you make a great point. Thanks so much for sharing!
C D Swanson 12/05/13
Wonderful job with the topic at hand, which you nailed. I thought you did a great job of telling a story that had a powerful message attached. Great choice of scriptures, and good close.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/07/13
You did a nice job of being showing your emotions. I'm sure you wish the co-worker had apologized to you too. The world doesn't always work that way. It is important to recognize as Christians we can and do mess up and are not perfect, when we slip we need to apologize and repent. Keep writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/07/13
I'll add that I know that part of your Author's note was chopped off. It should have said This is a fictional retelling of a true event.
Sheldon Bass 12/08/13
Nice devotional. An issue all of us must deal with at some time or another. Anger is a power that can be used for good. It's just so difficult to channel it correctly at times. Praise God for teaching us how to deal with anger. Keep on writing, I enjoy your work.
Toni Babcock 12/09/13
Nice devotional and great topic. I like the way it uses dialogue and starts like a good story that immediately engages the reader. I also like the brevity - it's not too wordy. Great job!
Brenda Rice 12/11/13
Nicely written. Thanks for sharing.