We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair … Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.—2 Corinthians 4:8,16
Learn how to deal with frustration. Time and time again, I have sat with people who have said: “What’s wrong with me? I feel so low spiritually. I am not involved in sin. Why does my Christian life feel so stale?” On many of these occasions, I have observed that the problem contributing to their feelings of spiritual staleness was an inability to cope with frustration.
One of the most radiant Christians I have ever met was a seed salesman in West Wales whose name was Mordecai Price. Crippled in both his lower limbs by poliomyelitis, he drove a hand-controlled car and would make his way to outlying farms to sell seed to the farmers. Sometimes it would take him an hour just to get out of his car and open a farm gate—but he persevered nevertheless.
One day I said to him: “Don’t you get frustrated by your condition? How do you keep going like this when many others would have settled for a lifetime of invalidism and inactivity?” My friend has gone to be with the Lord now, but his reply has lived on in my heart for over thirty years: “I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ—even the project of poliomyelitis.” He had learned how to make his frustration fruitful. When you and I can learn how to turn the ugly into the beautiful, and the evil into the good, then frustration will never get a hold on us. The secret of living is the secret of using. Learn this, and you will never be frustrated again.
O Father, teach me how to turn the ugly into the beautiful, the evil into the good, and take every project prisoner for Christ. I ask this for Your own dear name’s sake. Amen.
2Co 4:1-10; 10:5; Ps 44:5; Rm 8:35-37
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