2 Timothy 1:7
“God gave us a spirit… of power and love and self-control.” (ESV)
The band Family Force 5 has a song called “Cray Button.” They’re talking about a “Crazy Button,” something you push and… well, go crazy! Here are some of the lyrics:
“A lunatic, a time bomb just got dropped
I get cray all day, it’s my full time job
Wild like a wolfpack, howlin’ at the moon
Attack, attack, you’ve been bitten by the wolf.”
They’re just talking about having a good time and letting loose. (FYI, they’re a Christian rock band from Georgia.)
But the song reminds me that all of us have a Cray Button, a “Crazy Button.” You can’t see it. But it’s there. Here’s how it works.
Someone says or does something annoying or frustrating that really gets under your skin. Shivers go up your spine. You feel your heart start to beat faster. Instinctively you know something just happened, and you realize you are no longer your formerly calm self.
‘What just happened?’, you wonder. Well, someone hit your Crazy Button.
Sometimes it’s not even WHAT someone says but WHO says it! And trust me, it happens to all of us.
The reason it can be a menace in our lives is because Jesus calls us to love one another. And that’s hard to do when you’re pulsating with fury or annoyance or an otherwise-debilitating lack of judgment. So here’s what you do.
You take some time before you speak or act.
9 times out of 10, the first thing you say or do after your Crazy Button has been pushed is not something you’d faithfully do in one of your better moments. As John Ortberg writes, “Never try to choose the right course of action in the wrong frame of mind.”
I don’t think that time heals all wounds. But I do think that time and prayer helps restore some godly perspective.
Today, you can’t control what people say or do. But when someone hits your Crazy Button, you can take some time before you speak or act, pray, and decide how to respond in a way that honours Christ.
“Never try to choose the right course of action in the wrong frame of mind.”
By Matthew Ruttan