Fit to be tied
The phrase, “Fit to be tied,” comes from the mid-19th century, according to Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang. He says the phrase describes someone “so hysterically furious they need to be tied down.” Since in that era, the strait jacket was in common use for restraining mental patients, that seems to be the origin, it is noted.
“I’m No. 1 – me first!” rules the minds of many people. When the “me first” attitude is in control, it opens the door to all kinds of violent behavior and leads a person to the state of “fit to be tied.”
“I don’t want anyone to get ahead of me in traffic … so I’ll just cut you off.”
“I want the promotion. I deserve it. So I’m going to do something to knock you out of the competition.”
“You did me wrong and I’m going to get even.”
“Sure I knocked a hole in the wall. You made me mad.”
“You had no right to do what you did, and you’re going to fix it or else.”
It takes examining our motives and attitudes to avoid this destructive trap. “Look at me — I’m the greatest!” is the cry of the insecure as well as the haughty. The resulting actions can be the same. The mind and emotions are under control of the wrong power.
The solution is found in Christ. The Philippians 4:5, Paul writes, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. And to the Galatians, he writes, “… Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The “me-first” attitude should never be in the Christian’s makeup. It would be a horrible thing to be to the point of “fit to be tied.”
Years ago, I heard of a man who took his wife for a drive in the country one afternoon. She spotted a flowering shrub and mentioned she wished she had a cutting from it. Since the old home place seemed deserted, the man stopped the car and proceeded to cut off a piece of the shrub for his wife. But it wasn’t deserted. A man came out of the house and demanded they leave. This so angered the “intruder” that he went to his car, got his gun, came back and shot the owner. Look how many lives were destroyed by rage.
We must be surrendered to Christ. It’s the only way to live. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13 KJV).
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