Happy Friday, Team!
As this week ends, I find myself ready for a break. I am feeling fatigued. I think we take one step forward and two steps back. I don’t know about you, but I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect. I get stubborn, frustrated, agitated, and downright exhausted when my expectations are not met. Whether I am at home or work, I am the same person. I don’t want to enter my house after work and find “stuff” out of place. I like order, but I also like flexibility. I like those who step up, take ownership, and do what it takes to make us succeed. I like good work ethics and positive attitudes. But I also want due diligence to evaluate all aspects of the issue before proceeding. I know. That’s a lot, and I bet those who must deal with me say to themselves, “it is hard to please her.” And that would be the truth!
The truth is, we ALL have shortcomings and are not at our best when we deal with frustration. We all frustrate others, and others discourage us. But, hopefully, we will find ways of coping with the stress. There are ways of dealing with turmoil and inner conflict, and one way is to stop and breathe, go for a walk, take a time-out, or engage in a spiritual practice—stop and pray.
The Bible tells us in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” So, we can stop and ask God how to proceed when dealing with a frustrating situation. Some of us confront, and others avoid stressful situations. That’s okay at times, but these mechanisms may not be productive in the long term. Figuring out what to do, requires wisdom, and the Holy Spirit will reveal His knowledge to us.
Remember, God desires to give this gift to us because He loves us.