“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.” Mark 4:39
How is it that some people seem to have a calm disposition when dealing with intense matters? How do some individuals find peace in the storms of life? Is this a genetic thing? Are some of us born with an itchy trigger finger when dealing with our emotions or is this learned behavior?
Ill dispositions and flaring temperaments are nothing new. They have been around for a very long time. One of the first stories I remember is about a man with a flaring temper I learned from my childhood Sunday School teacher. It was right before Easter and she was telling us the story of how Jesus and his disciples had gone to a garden to pray. Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples had betrayed Jesus and told the officials where they could go to arrest him. The authorities came to Jesus in the dead of night. When an officer approached Christ to take him into custody, one of the disciples couldn’t take it, so he drew his sword and whacked off the ear of the man trying to take Jesus. Now, I could not have been much more than eight years old when I heard my teacher tell this story but I do remember wanting to jump up on the table and cheer for that disciple!
This was not what Christ was after. When the disciple cut of the ear of the official, Jesus put a stop to it and simply said, “No more of this!” (Luke 22:51) Then he healed the man’s ear. Had Jesus not said those four words the entire New Testament story could have been changed. The story as we know it would have been altered. The disposition of the leader (Jesus) was extremely different from that of his followers. To stay clam and cool even when things look bad is a sign of true leadership. This was a powerful lesson of Christ in his response to this situation.
This story was a lesson in action not reaction. A true leader has the ability to calm a storm and heal a bad situation! Jesus taught us many things by his actions as he did by his words (parables, Sermon on the Mount, etc.). If you are a leader, your actions and disposition will carry as much weight as the words you speak.
What Does a Healthy Disposition Look Like?
A person with a healthy disposition is not controlled by the actions of other people! You will never hear a person with a healthy disposition say, “She made me do it!” or “He really makes me made!” or “They drive me crazy!” The people who make these type of statements surrender control of their life over to others.
A person with a calm disposition is one who possesses a healthy personality and shows an inherent quality of mind and character control! They exist in a way that is solid and unwavering. Anger and impulse do not determine their decisions in life. It is almost impossible to control or manipulate the emotions of this solid individual.
So, here is the big question. Do you have a healthy disposition? If not, you will find that you are easily manipulated and controlled. One of the greatest ways to control an unruly or explosive situation is to simply say what Jesus said to his disciples. “Alright, enough of this!”
A healthy disposition demands control of oneself above all other actions, even when things may not look so good. A strong leader has the power to deal with something as they wish. This is a spiritual matter and the greatest spiritual leader of the ages, Jesus Christ, can show us all how to grow a strong disposition by his powerful words when he was calming a storm. Mark’s gospel tells this story.
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:35-39)
“Peace, be still!”