Comparing reality to your expectations is a real doozy at times. Any hands raised for those who may feel frustrated, angry, stressed and confused when doing so? Or maybe get stressed out when nothing is going your way?
It’s crazy how one little mishap can cause so much misunderstanding and how one little annoyance can overshadow all the awesome things in life. We let the ugly stuff in life pile up and before we know it we are blinded to see the goodness.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
It’s easy to get teared down by the weight of the world around us. It’s a constant battle between putting our faith in God vs placing emphasis on just what is at hand.
We expect more out of ourselves. We expect more out of others. (And that we should!) but we shouldn’t allow it to stress us out completely.
However – the underline problem is – we want this and we want that. Are we ever happy with what we have while working hard at what we want? Is it all just a rush? Our we true to ourselves? Are we true to others around us?
Our frustration is almost always due to unmet expectations. Unmet expectation that we placed on ourselves and onto others.
It’s crazy how the enemy can take a tiny sliver of frustration and turn it into a much bigger issue than needed be. Allowing the tearing down of our happiness and leaving us in a puddle of “frustration.” Frustration that is costing our special moments of being content and happy with what the Lord has blessed us with.
I love this life with my whole heart and while I believe we are called to shine for the glory of God, I’d rather be an honest example of His love and exemplify a truer testimony to others.
We’re all a work in progress – we are NOT perfect and never will be. We need to realize that rather than acting like we are ‘perfect.’ People need to be more ‘real’ More real to themselves and more real to others around them, because being ‘real’ displays a true soul, a honest soul.
“synonyms of the word ‘SOUL’: embodiment, personification, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence; model, exemplification, exemplar, image, manifestation”
Twisting it up a bit – Being a exemplar, to exemplify. It’s sad being around people who enjoy tearing down loved ones and claim to rejoice in God’s word. I believe that’s a ‘soul’ issue. How is that OK? It’s displays a nasty character who puts on the fake facade but it’s screams ‘hypocrite’ to the ones around them regarding their character.
At times, it’s hard doing right. And yes! Being a Christian is hard! Yes I said it, it’s hard. Being obedient. Loving yourself for the way God has molded you to become. Doing right to others. Standing up for what you know is right. And being honest and loyal to those behind their back.
Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
We aren’t always strong and we aren’t always going to do right, and sometimes we may find our self in a hole where we seem like we can’t crawl out of dwelling in frustration and often times find us in a situation where we know is wrong, such as judging, slander, pride, ect, all in which dishonering God.
Maybe before sizing up your life or tearing down others, you ought to fix your eyes on your own love and life and pour all that energy you’re wasting into building it to be its own kind of beautiful.
Messes – messages
Imperfections – improvements