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Have you ever lost your cool? All of us have moments when we wish we were more composed.
“Composure” refers to “calmness or repose especially of mind.” (Merriam-Webster) Composed people don’t “lose it” in a moment of stress or tension. They keep their “cool.”
Keeping composure is not only a nice thing to do, it’s something we need to do. Keeping our cool keeps us from creating emotional messes and forfeiting important opportunities.
Moses learned this lesson the hard way. At one point in his leadership of Israel, Moses “lost it.” The constant grumbling of the Israelites finally took its toll on him. As he led the Hebrews through the dry desert, the people needed a constant supply of water. God promises Moses to miraculously supply water from a rock. God told Moses to speak to the rock and the water would flow. Instead, Moses, out of frustration, lost his cool and struck the rock. Because of this lack of self-control, Moses lost his opportunity to enter the Promised Land!
If we’re not careful, we can easily allow the pressures, stresses, and frustrations of life to steal our composure. Instead of staying calm and steady, the wrong emotions erupt and take over. In these moments we say or do things that we regret, and hurt others in the process.
Ask God to help you keep your composure as you face the various challenges of life and relationships. Keeping your cool will keep you on track with God and will ensure that you live with less regret.