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S C R E A M !
S C R E A M !
Okay, now that THAT is off my chest . . . S I G H . . . let me try and get myself to a place where I can articulate clearly . . .
My frustration level is through the roof . . . you’ve heard of “murphy’s law?” well, I have never put much stock in that saying, but that other saying “if the shoe fits . . . ” put the two together and perhaps it might touch a wee bit on how my insides are churning –
S C R E A M !
Thought I’d feel better after screaming, but nope . . . This certainly is NOT a very uplifting, encouraging, devotional – pointing others to Christ – type of message that you are used to hearing from me . . . sorry about that . . . but if I’m not ‘real’ than what am I? Plain and simple – a liar – because today, I guess I somehow let that ole enemy of my soul creep in and attack my peace! How and when I do not know, but the results are staring me in the face (well, would if I looked in the mirror, I’m sure); I can hear the frustration in my voice. In fact, I’ve apologized to several people over the past two and a half hours of phone conversations as I’ve found myself ‘snapping’ – not really like me, but it is (was) what it is (was). Let’s call a spade a spade kind of thing.
Now . . . I have a choice to make . . . I need to ‘practice what I preach’, don’t I?!
Am I going to continue in this funk of frustration, or am I going to put my praise (to God) on and set my mind into a mode of worship instead?! Hmmmm . . . I think that is a definite ‘no brainer’ . . .
I CHOOSE to worship the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Lion of Judah, Abba Father, Prince of Peace, Lover of my soul, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Ancient of Days . . . He IS my everything, how dare I not praise Him even when ‘things’ don’t go smoothly?! Shame on me!!!!
You know what? If we didn’t have rough moments . . .
If everything ALWAYS went perfectly . . .
If every moment of every day were blessed with ‘happy’ overwhelming us (laughter). . .
If every single circumstance were completely in our own control, going as we thought it should . . .
If every word spoken to us was loving, gentle, pleasing, etc . . . .
. . . the rest of those questions would be – how would we KNOW we needed Someone greater than ourselves to help us make it through this life?!
So, perhaps my mind-set needs to be that of what James speaks of in his letter: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
But . . . we argue with ourselves . . . that is not easy to do. No, it is not – but – he goes on to tell us that if we lack wisdom (as to how to do this, or what to do next, or with any given situation) we simply need to ‘ask God’, because He “gives to all men generously and without reproach” IF we “ask in faith without any doubting”. James 1:5-6 paraphrased
So, what does all of this mean? Well . . . to put it simply . . . whatever it is that is frustrating my day, I need to give it to God, worship Him for Who He IS and get my mind, heart and soul on Him instead of “it” (people, words, circumstance, whatever ‘it’ is) and allow God to be – as the song says – “You’ve been King of my glory, won’t You be my Prince of Peace” (this link will take you to YouTube video by Big Daddy Weave, “Hold me Jesus” written by Rich Mullins).
Am I being real by sharing my frustrations? Am I being real by turning them around and choosing to worship and trust God with them instead? Am I allowing God to speak through my life – the good AND the bad – to help others in their own lives?
I pray the answer to all three questions is YES. I desire my life to reflect James comment in verse 22, “But prove yourselves doers of the Word, not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
©klh 4Given Ministries