Brooke Norton – Student Ministries Administrative Assistant
Do you ever find yourself in one of those moods where everything is unexplainably irritating? For example, every car that goes under the speed limit or every person in the drive through that takes a billion years to count their change. Perhaps it’s the sound of someone chewing with his or her mouth open! Babies screaming while you’re just trying to buy your coffee and get off to work! Or better yet, when you’re trying to get work done in Starbucks and the person right next to you is yelling on the phone about their personal drama. It’s been one of those weeks for me. Along with some of the above examples I already mentioned, I shattered a glass at home while I was drying it. Then I became annoyed with my husband throughout the week for the silliest reasons. And the one thing that set me over the edge, which is every person’s favorite thing in the world…taxes! I just wanted my refund back! I found myself annoyed, impatient, and defeated. Have you ever experienced one of these weeks?
Usually being annoyed leads to impatience and little tolerance for just about anything. Why do we get so annoyed? Why do we allow certain things to bother us so much? Perhaps it’s because we are consumed with self. We don’t want anyone or anything to step in our way of living our normal lives. We become impatient and don’t want anyone to interfere with our schedule.
I’ve learned that I get irritated easily because I don’t want imperfect things or even imperfect people to cross paths with my life. It usually results in me being embarrassed and impatient. When you’re annoyed long enough, you start to become jaded toward people you don’t know anything about. I catch myself rolling my eyes and complaining about them when I come home. But then I am reminded that I am not the only person in the world who matters.
I love what Paul has to say in Ephesians 4:1-3:
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
This week, remember to be patient with the people around and to bear with them in love. Bearing with one another in love doesn’t mean avoiding the annoying things or people in your life. It means exhibiting grace and gentleness when you begin to feel impatient about a situation! The next time you have an annoying week, don’t let the enemy convince you that you are the only person who matters!
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