Have you ever noticed that something always seems to come up to cause a problem? The day can be cooking along just great, everything’s perfect and then…
Sometimes somebody says something off the wall, maybe a rude clerk or whatever, or maybe it’s bad news in the mailbox, or an overdue bill you didn’t know about. It could be a fender-bender on the way to lunch, or road construction on the highway. Whatever it is, these kinds of things just seem to be lurking, waiting to spoil our day.
How will we respond? will we get upset like most everyone else does, or should we find another way to deal with irritations or even setbacks?
There is no substitute for getting our heads screwed on straight to begin with in the morning; this will really help. Spending some quiet personal time with God is a real life-saver when “stuff” happens during the day. Even if we skip this step, which I hope you never do, we can choose to react to things that come up in a Christlike way. Sometimes, I’ve even taken this to the point of thanking God for helping me learn to be patient out loud where people could hear me. Usually they think I’m kidding, but I’m not. When I’ve done this, I’ve kept my wits clear in situations that pop up unexpectedly. We can also decide to thank God for His blessings and ask for His strength through trials.
There are quite a few things we can do that will help us to react in a godly way to difficulties of whatever severity instead of loosing all focus and rationality… or just striking out at someone. God is at our sides all day long, He is there and ready to fill us with His grace and peace; will we drink it in? Believe it or not, it is usually just that simple. Why complicate things that are simple?
Well, I don’t know the answer to that question, and I’ve done it myself many times. Why not just seek Him first and always, even when we are irritated?
Hey Bargo! Thanks for the picture!