What is it about people who choose not to follow directions that drives us nuts? A friend of mine has a pet peeve about rules of the road. Yielding vs. merging, stopping behind the line, and the worst possible one of creeping through a stop sign without actually stopping. It drives him crazy when he sees people who don't follow the rules of the road. It is one of his life's challenges. One that he battles regularly. 'Choose your battles wisely.' Parents everywhere have heard this statement and thought they understood it. That is, until it is their kid who is the one that isn't listening or following directions. It's a learning curve experience that takes time and perseverance to see us through the struggle of teaching this valuable life lesson to our children. Ugh! We get all tied up in knots because of someone else's poor choices. Frustrated and without any actionable ideas that would have an impact on real change. That's where we can land on a frequent, if not daily, basis. Ugh! Again, I say Ugh! Frustration can be downright frustrating. <sigh> It sounds just as bad too. We have all heard ourselves saying things that shouldn't have ever come out of our lips. Frustration can not only damage our reputation, it can damage our relationships. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 MSG "Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out." We have to choose to put down the big bag of rocks we're carrying around and leave it at the altar. And when frustration rears its ugly head again, we have to choose to remember that we've left it there. Learning to let go of our frustration by encouraging ourselves in the Lord. Keeping our eyes focused on Jesus. 'Help me Lord. Help me see the best in others. Help me see the light at the end of this tunnel.' We have to choose to pray it and say it, when necessary and repeat as often needed. Encouraging ourselves in the Lord's abilities is part of the process of learning to let go of frustration. Time and repetition will see us through the struggle of teaching ourselves this valuable life lesson. This is that same type of learning curve experience that takes time and perseverance. It may be a tough road, and it might take us a long time to get there, but it's truly a fruitful journey.