Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Since God has been challenging me with Philippians 2:14 for a couple of months now...
I had to share this article from Rick Warren...

"We all have days when every thing that can go wrong does go wrong. Often our biggest problems are little problems that add up to frustrations–and, then, a very bad attitude.

The apostle Paul says dealing with frustrations is actually an acid test for your Christianity...it's what separates believers and unbelievers in the eyes of others...
"Do everything without complaining and arguing..."  (Philippians 2:14)  

So how do you cope with little things in a way that honors Christ?
Here are four questions to ask yourself:

Did I cause it?  The Bible says, “A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7) Often we bring on our own frustrations. There is no one else to blame but ourselves. We’re simply reaping what we’ve sown. Start with being honest with yourself.

What can I learn from it?  “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Use the irritation to grow in character. An irritation gives you an opportunity to be more like Christ. You grow in the fruits of the Spirit by being exposed to the opposite situations. You can learn and grow in any situation – if you’re willing to let God change your attitude.

What can I thank God for?  “In everything give thanks.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) The Bible doesn’t say give thanks for everything...but rather, to give thanks in everything. You can thank God when you realize that he’ll take that negative situation and turn it around for good.

How can I find humor in the situation?  “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22) Laughter is the shock absorber of life. It’s God’s antidote for frustration. It’ll lighten your load and make your frustrations more palatable."

excerpt from an article written by Rick Warren at pastors.com