Are you a slave?

It seems absurd to ask that question, doesn’t it? Some may even think it seems too insensitive given the number of actual slaves in the world today. But let me explain.

I have seen countless people come through my office doors who are slaves. Some are willing slaves. Some recognize that they are slaves and want to get out but don’t know how. Some actually know the way out but they don’t want to pay the price that is required for freedom.

What enslaves them?


I cannot tell you how many people I have met who are slaves to their anger. They are owned by it. They can’t get free of it.

They’re angry at their parents or their spouse, or an ex something or other.

Anger consumes them.

It infects their body.

It literally changes them for the worse.

It started with legitimate hurts. Oftentimes, a series of prolonged hurts. This isn’t about diminishing those hurts or pretending they don’t exist.

This is about being free.

The problem is that anger becomes something of a friend. It literally keeps them warm during the day. The thought of giving it up terrifies them.

They are slaves.

Their life is not their own.

The very thing they are trying to keep (control), they give away for an illusion.

What about you? Are you a slave to anger? Do you know someone who is? How have you dealt with hurts that lead to anger in your own life? Let me know in the comments below.

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