Now having dead batteries in my mouse is such a minor annoyance, but it was so irritating. I looked accusingly at Abby sitting next to me as she often borrows my mouse when I'm not watching her and attempts to chew on it. The red light on the bottom is mesmerizing. I repeatedly slammed it into the couch thinking the batteries were only loose, but they weren't. They were lifeless. Abby looked a little puzzled to see her mother get so upset with the mouse.
Our days can be going along quite swimmingly when suddenly a minor irritation pops it's ugly head. I remember reading a quote that said "I'm an angel as long as no one ruffles my feathers." Isn't that the truth? It's easy to be good when life is good. But what about minor difficulties, like a car that won't start, a broken family heirloom, a child that makes you late to an appointment? How do you react? If you can't react with grace, peace and thankfulness in your heart during the minor stresses how will you react when God takes away a love one, or you are diagnosed with cancer, or a child rebels against your authority?
Right now I'm going through a bit of a personal challenge. I don't know what the outcome will be, but it almost seems as if it's easier to turn this situation over to God than to deal with the minor irritations. I find that getting enough sleep, eating a healthier diet, keeping an ongoing dialogue with God and spending time feasting on His Word are all helpful steps when it comes to living a grace-filled life.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. II Corinthians 12:9-10Are you content in the midst of your weaknesses (not sins, of course)? Do you allow the peace that only God can give to fill your heart during trying moments? This is what I desire for myself. Every morning I need to be reprogrammed so that I will remember who I am living for and what His purpose is for me.
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