Dealing with frustration

It’s easy to get frustrated.

That’s why having a different attitude toward your frustrations can make them… well, less frustrating.

So what is this “better approach”?

Frustrations aren’t always final. They might just be calling your attention to something that needs to change. For example:

-If you’re continually frustrated that there aren’t enough hours in the day, then your frustration might be teaching you that you’re too busy or over-committed.

-If you’re continually frustrated that your devotional life is floppy, then your frustration might be teaching you that you’re either misunderstanding its importance or haven’t resourced yourself properly.

-If you’re continually frustrated in a relationship, then your frustration might be teaching you that you’re not communicating your feelings effectively or haven’t made a proactive plan for greater relational health.

So, what are you frustrated about? After you’ve named it, ask yourself what your frustration might be teaching you.

Then make a change for the better.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRS) says that “if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation…” To me it’s a reminder that since we have been reconciled with God, we are continually being renewed and shaped by Christ. That’s good news because I’d much rather be shaped by him than by festering frustrations!

Frustrations don’t have to be final. They might just be calling your attention to something that needs to change.

By Matthew Ruttan

Here is a link to a VIDEO SUMMARY of the recent “Help When It Hurts” teaching series that I led. It includes the rationale for the series, the 6 guiding principles, and also the summaries of each of the 3 parts. I hope it offers help and hope. And why not share with someone you know who might benefit? 
–Bible Quotes are from the NIV.

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