Tag Archives: Frustration

Rain

James 1:2 “Count it all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds”

rain-silhouetteSomewhere between the smiles in the morning to frustration throughout the day we can make a decision to rise above a not so good or bad day and find something to smile about. We can decide to find joy. Sometimes it still rains but we can choose to consider trouble as an opportunity for great joy.

Change

uniform-inspectionJames 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”.

Ministry takes some turns and twist people don’t expect and AR 670-1 is one of them.  This regulation above all draws the most passion, anger, frustration and conversation than any other regulation.

For those of you who have lived through an AR 670-1 change probably understand what I mean and those who haven’t will most likely find out soon or already see and hear the reaction to it.

I can’t say what ministry and care opportunities can come during this change or what reaction one may hear, see or experience.  I can suggest this however, keep eyes and ears open for opportunities for ministry and mentoring.

God never changes and we have His word that has remained consistent through the ages. God’s grace and love can abound in all situations and He want us to find those opportunities to interject His grave and love.

Charles Spurgeon said, “It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows.”

You might be surprised how God can work through something, even a uniform and appearance regulation.

(*** I edited the Soldiers name tag)

Do All Things Without Grumbling

fire-barrell“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”. Philippians 2:14-15

Life can be hard. Not everything works out the way we plan. That is why God created us with the capacity for resilience. By faith, we can return to joy from negative emotions. But returning to joy is a choice. Sadly, instead of joy, many times we choose to grumble. Grumbling is different than simple negative emotions. Sadness, disappointment, even anger can be natural reactions to difficult situations, and with time spent in reflection, we can find our way back to joy. But grumbling is different.

Grumbling, unchecked, becomes a bitter root that destroys faith, hope and joy. It grows and festers, blaming, attacking and rebelling against any and everything that would be cause for its pain.

So today, let us check ourselves. Are we letting anger and frustration get the best of us? Are we blaming and complaining? Is it possible that we are spending more and more time grumbling? If so, let us heed the warning of Paul and stop. Let’s not let grumbling get the best of us.