Fiasco Follows Frustration

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Fiasco Follows Frustration

Most of us are accustomed to living in a time where the attitude of, “we want what we want, and we want it now” is accepted. However, we have entered into a time of world pandemic accompanied by an economic downturn, which is changing our daily routines at such rate our human minds are struggling to keep up using its limited ability to understand and accept change. Unsolicited change of any type tends to make humans uncomfortable, as it causes anxiety, through fear of the unrehearsed. Every one of us (most unknowingly) live our lives in some type of proverbial rut! Which is merely a place of false comfort, as it requires the least amount of thought via minimal challenges allowing us to flow virtually effortless through life, as daily routines become repeats. Even though some change is inevitable, we quickly forget the horror equated with marriage, children, career changes, aging, and death through revising our rut to tolerate situation.

Speaking for myself, living in my ruts of the past has sure caused me enough frustration! According to the Google Dictionary, Frustration- the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something. There you go! My reluctance to adapt to change, left me struggling in trials of anxiety that should have never been. Change is an absolute here on planet earth! We start changing at the instant we are conceived and continue (for better or worse) until our time of death. As God tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 (NLT), 3 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. With each season there should come a maturing of body, mind and “hopefully” spirit which demands adjustments be made and followed by change, (again for better or worse).

The rub is, most people adapting to new situations, seek to partially change or surrender control! We still believe that we know what is best ergo we change those things which cause us little to no discomfort. In doing so we severely diminish our ability to make mature, rational, moral decisions. Remember that old saying, the mark of insanity, is doing the same old things the same old way and expecting different results. Without realizing, we will live this insanity throughout our life, always wondering why things are such a fiasco. I returned to Google Dictionary to find, Fiasco- a thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way. Ergo, some people will walk through this life with a trial and error, ditch to ditch, heart ache to heart break attitude, which leads to a life of waiting for the next shoe to drop. Unfortunately, this lifestyle seems to weaken one’s resolve to beat the beast of self-reliance, to which humans are ill equipped to accomplish. In God’s inspired word from Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-3 (NLT), 1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.

Sadly, in today’s world of Christianity, most are functioning with an underdeveloped spiritual maturity while others are existing with an undeveloped or nonexistent spiritual maturity. These are typically easy to spot through their constant complaining, worry, doubt, fear, and frustration. Seldom smiling or enjoying the lighter moments of life while consistently looking as if the just lost their best friend. Living from fiasco to fiasco! To these I give you Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT), Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

I feel the original version of The Serenity Prayer, will be my prayer for us this week: God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!

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