My grandson has been having a lot of trouble in the mornings with time management. This past week has been especially difficult for him. He gets distracted, falls behind and before you know it he loses his patience with himself. He starts to yell, he takes it out on those around it and gets himself in more trouble. He talked to me about his trouble with mornings today. He asked me why he got so distracted and frustrated so easily. We talked about different things he could do to try to stay on task, try to figure out the triggers that caused his frustrations. We talked about asking God to help him with mornings, not giving up if things didn't change right away. God would help him see and change the things that were causing his frustration and distractions and in the meantime, he should keep asking God for help and to keep trying to do his best.
Frustration is a distraction. It can take us places that we should avoid, distracting us from our jobs, from our families, from our goals. Reversing the effects of our frustrations can take a long time. Just ask my grandson. His frustration takes on the form of discipline through restrictions. When we get frustrated as adults, our words and actions can sometimes need discipline too. We have to watch for and identify our triggers, for the things that lead us down the road to frustrations. Our frustrations can so distract us from our tasks that we want to give up and quit too. We (even us adults) can know that God is there to help us when we don't know how to help ourselves, but we too, can forget to ask for His help when we need it.
What do you do when you lose patience with yourself? When you find yourself frustrated? When we, as adults, lose our patience we tend to get in trouble too. Late afternoons tend to be my worst times. I lose patience with myself, I start to yell and take it out on those around me. Just like my grandson, I have to remember to stop, identify the frustration, focus on the task and rely on God for help.
Romans 8: 26-28 MSG
"Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good."