I will admit, I struggle with anger. Not so much now as I did in childhood, but the wrong word at the wrong time can leave me highly upset. I’ve learned to walk away, but walking away doesn’t erase the anger felt on the inside.
“Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” (Ephesians 4:26)
I have heard that resentment is equivalent to drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. Instead of anyone dying, we can give up the anger and free our minds for a more peaceful coexistence with those around us.
After all, Jesus called us to love our neighbor.
People told me my generation was the most connected and disconnected generation. We are connected through social media, but disconnected in person. When we get together instead of talking, we are on our phones. While I think Generation Z has replaced this notion, there is some undeniable truth there.
This sad reality of feeling disconnected can lead many to feel isolated, living in a world with others, but still feeling very much alone.
“Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
I take this promise of God to mean that He will support us and be near whether we have zero friends, five, or 500. He knows we need company and He isn’t going anywhere.
It’s All Relational
I believe Jesus has given an answer to all the reasons we may find ourselves feeling stuck.
“He said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” (Matthew 22:37)
Our problems of the heart are all relational, either to God, others, or ourselves. If we practiced loving all the time, we would have an undying sense of connection externally and internally. We would never feel stuck because the great relationships of our lives would always be guiding us somewhere.
If you feel stuck, or the next time you do, I pray that God will remind you as He has reminded me (plenty of times), that He is sufficient. Whatever else we need, He will give to us when He is ready. Until then, we can keep praying, knowing that there is blessing heading our way.
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