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Who said that problems come in three’s? Obviously, that person has never had more than three trying situations happen to them. By the way, it’s an old wives tale, and most of us can find three bad things happening in a short time period if we look hard enough.
Is it just me, or do you seem to get frustrated a lot?
It’s one thing to be frustrated with my kids, but I’m often frustrated with my faith walk.
My Reasons for Frustration as a Christian:
- I’m not praying enough or long enough.
- Praying causes me to fall asleep before I have even finished a complete thought.
- I’m distracted while I read God’s Word and have to go back and re-read it multiple times, and then I get frustrated and give up.
- My thoughts are not even close to being godly.
- I’m still a mess, and my baggage spills out and affects my life.
Gosh, am I making any lead way into becoming more like Christ? Somedays, I just want to throw in the towel, saying that trying to live how God wants me to is just too hard.
The meaning of frustration is: feeling discouragement, anger, and annoyance because of unresolved problems or unfulfilled goals, desires, or needs (Merriam-Webster).
Wrong Focus = Frustration
When I spent some time thinking about it, my frustration is caused by the wrong focus.
Trying to do what others do
I want to be able to spend time praying, fasting, and spending time in Bible studies where I can go deep with God without any interruption.
Here’s the thing, at this season of my life with little ones, these are unrealistic expectations. What I’m focusing is on practices and not on God.
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Am I putting my eyes on performing for God instead of ceasing and letting Him fill me? If I’m doing the forming, I am going to find myself frustrated.
Imitating Other’s Faith and Experiences
When I want the visions, promptings, or callings of someone else, it causes me to be frustrated and feel like I’m missing out. It can make me think I’m less of a Christian and start a spiral that draws me away from God versus moving me closer to God.
Trying and imitating aren’t the way to be saved, rather create a relationship and faith in Jesus.
Frustration Can Move Us Away from God
The problem with frustration is it can move us away from God’s purpose for us.
Then it can draw us back to previous strongholds. When I’m frustrated, I can revert to becoming anxious, and it draws me back to negative thinking.
We might begin to question what we thought God’s calling is for us, and we can lose the confidence in what we originally thought was true.
God’s word tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5: 18, Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (NLT).
This doesn’t mean we have to like what we’re going through, but stake claim in the fact that what is happening is part of God’s plan. We affirm our trust and devotion to Him.
This is the key: if we focus on our circumstances, we will be frustrated; however, when we adjust our focus back to God, we can find peace and praise.
In order to overcome frustration in my faith and in life, I need to choose to practice these six things:
- Focus less on the spiritual walk of others.
- Pray for greater faith and growth in Christ.
- Be thankful. There’s always a blessing in the hard times.
- Ask God for peace when life is stressful.
- Request an ability to love others no matter what the situation is.
- Remember we are Christ’s representatives on Earth.
When I find myself getting flustered, that’s my clue to choose God, His truths, and promises in His word. Frustration doesn’t have to lead me away from God or keep me from growing closer to Him.