Anger is an emotion that we can lose control of. It can destroy relationships, reputations, and even our image can be stained and polluted from it. That is the case of Andy Roddick, who was a former number one in the world in Tennis. Andy Roddick’s career has been spiraling down the past few years because he has let this emotion get the best of him. Just recently in his first round match at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Andy smashed a ball in frustration to the top of the stands.
He was unraveling before he even smashed this ball, he blown a set and a break to lead Philip Kohlschreiber and just double faulted to give Philip to go up a break in the deciding set. That is when he whacked the tennis ball in anger sending it flying to the top of the stands. Because of his actions, he would lose the game without playing another point. Andy went down 0-5 in the set and eventually lost to Philip 6-7 (5), 7-5, and 6-1.
Andy knew that the point penalty was the right call for his actions but he even told the chair umpire that he should have watched the ball before giving him the violation. This wasn’t the first time that night he let his anger win, during the second set he broke his racket. There is no way you get the benefit of doubt when you whack the ball in anger at fans no matter what the intent was.Andy told the chair umpire that it he didn’t hit the ball out if anger but it was a reactionary thing, After arguing with the chair umpire and throwing a tantrum, Andy Roddick again faces his critics.
Anger, if we let it control us can really damage our lives. James tells us in James 1:19-20, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” We need to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger for our anger does not produce being right in the eyes of God. It is ok to be angry but what we do with our anger is the problem. Paul writes to the Ephesus church and tells them in Ephesians 4:26, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil.” Paul tells us to be angry but don’t sin, don’t let it get the best of you and don’t give an opportunity for Satan to use it to destroy you.
In many of Paul’s letters to the churches, he tells them to put away anger because it can lead to malice, wrath, fits, tantrums, slander, and bitterness. We know Jesus talk about anger in his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:21-22, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council.” Jesus tells us that importance of not being angry with our brother, He puts it right up there with murder. We need to check ourselves and control this one emotion that really cause destruction if we let it control us. Andy is a nice guy and a good tennis player and hopefully when he begins to control his emotions he will again become the number one tennis player in the world.Tennis is really a sport about love. Hopefully, we can control our anger and lay at the feet of the cross.