Don't Pitch a Hissy Fit!

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Proverbs 16:32 NASB

We all fly off the handle sometimes, but there are some people who take their “upset” to a whole new level. In the South, that condition is known as a “hissy fit.” And if you tell folks that you’re “fixing to pitch one,” warning has been served. The word hissy is likely derived from hysterics, a sudden burst of uncontrolled anger, which is known to result in an angry adult “cranky pants” tantrum. Now, witnessing a two-year-old having a tantrum in a big box store is hard enough to suffer through, but watching an adult pitch a hissy fit can be downright embarrassing. Children throw tantrums because they haven’t yet learned how to deal with frustration, and the same is true for adults. Some of us never learned how to properly communicate our feelings or solve problems with others in a positive way. The good news is, these skills can be learned at any age.


Those who do not practice self-control will be subject to whatever controls them. Uncontrolled anger can lead to some very bad decisions and unhappy consequences. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, “the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11 NIV).


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