After watching the gleefully satisfied look of the defensive players on the Broncos and Panthers, I’m adding a new classification to the list of impulse control disorders. This list usually includes dysfunctional behaviors such as kleptomania, pyromania, trichotillomania.
Impulse control disorders are characterized by a person’s inability to avoid behavior that might bring harm to themselves or others. Typically, the pot of anxiety is about to boil over immediately before the behavior occurs. Committing the act is like opening a pressure relief valve, and in spite of the potentially dangerous consequences, there’s an immediate feeling of relief and even happiness:
- Kleptomania: People who struggle with this disorder will steal when they get anxious or frustrated and find relief by doing so.
- Pyromania: This describes the act whereby a person feels a sense of excitement or relief after deliberately setting fires.
- Trichotillomania: This is the person you’ve seen who is constantly pulling and twisting her hair to gain a release of tension or a sense of satisfaction
- Sackomania is the new classification that I am adding to this list.
Sackomania is usually observed on Sundays, and it most often occurs between the opposing goal posts on a field consisting of 100 yards. If you watched the Broncos defeat the Patriots or endured the massacre of the Cardinals as they were devoured by the Panthers, you saw a classic case of Sackomania.
Some of the actions of the defensive players were characterized by their inability to avoid behavior that might bring harm to themselves or others. In these instances, the harm resulted in very little pain to self, but Tom Brady and Carson Palmer, were left in crumpled piles of agonizing pain.
The NFL is the dream of many young boys, but football odds are stacked against them. Out of the 310,465 high school seniors who play football, only 6.5% of them will make to the NCAA division of football; and, out of that number, just 1.6% of them will make it to the NFL.
Even though you probably won’t make it to the NFL, there is a 100% chance that at some time in your life, you’re going to struggle with an impulse—Mr. Temptation is going to knock on your door and invite you to come outside and play. No one is immune to the enticing power of temptation:
- David struggled with it, and in the Psalm 46, he found hope in God as his “refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble.”
- James said, “Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin (James 1: 14-16).”
The impulse to yield to temptation can be managed by putting on the “whole armor of God,” and “hiding God’s word in your heart (Ephesians 6:11; Psalm 119:9-11).” The next time an urge or impulse is pulling you away from the safety of the shore and enticing you to engage in some questionable behavior, let me suggest you get into one of God’s RAFTS:
- Resist the urge: Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4: 7).
- Align with God: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4: 7–8).
- Follow: Pursue what has God’s approval. Pursue faith, love, and peace together with those who worship the Lord with a pure hear (2 Timothy 2:22).
- Trust: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Seek God in prayer: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).