What to do in frustrating times

Are you frustrated right now?  Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve found myself with a significant lack of motivation over the last several months, and it seems to be getting worse.  I’m more tired than usual, less motivated, less interested, and just…less.  You know, I think this pandemic is messing with me.  I think the enemy is messing with me.  So, in defiance of that malfeasance and in summary of another blog I recently read, here are three things that can help us stay health during this season.

Give Yourself Grace.  The rules are constantly changing on us right now.  Things that used to work for us, aren’t always working.  Given that we are navigating major changes in form, society, and culture, it unlikely that we are going to get things 100% right on the first try right now.  Think of the story of Jonah.  He ran from God, when he was given a task, yet God purposed him with grace.  We must give ourselves grace.

Pursue Healthy Habits.  This season is an emotional rollercoaster.  When I’m stressed or down, I’m tempted to disengage, veg out a bit more, and “store up my energy for when this is all over.” Except that, setting Netflix binge watching records doesn’t exactly prepare me emotionally to engage the people around me.  If fact, I’ve become aware that it just kind of depletes me more. We need to pursue rest that restores.  I don’t know what that is for you,  but for me it’s connecting with good friends, going on a bike ride, or having a date with my wife.

Stay Connected to Jesus.  I’m reminded that the church has traditionally thrived during periods of difficulty.  Pressure and stress often produce growth.  John 15 says, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  It’s not about what we bring, it is about staying connected to the One who brings everything through us.  In our weakness, God is still strong!  In our frustration, God is still good.


(With thanks to to Aaron Buer for his musings.)

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