Have you had any annoying things occur in your life this week? I could write a long list beginning and ending with my disappointment in people. Whether it was people who stole my time or just their disappointing attitudes, it was all annoying. And either further disheartening is the fact that I allowed these annoying things and attitudes to steal my peace and take my joy.
It’s not always easy to live the life of a Christian. Some days conducting a life in a manner of being more like God; living with compassion and a forgiving attitude seems downright impossible. It is most certainly not easy to stay committed to this way of life when the unexpected ways and attitudes of the world hit full force. It can quickly be more than annoying as then it pushes to overwhelming.
When you make any commitment to something it requires you to have a strategy to deal with the annoying, unexpected, and sometimes overwhelming obstacles placed in your pathway. If you don’t have a method to deal with the bombardments of the encroaching world your commitment can quickly be tossed to the side as you throw your hands up ready to quit.
A Commitment without a Plan
Take for instance, on Monday I decided to commit the next 14 days to a cardio and strength training program. It is only 14 days and I really thought this would be an easy commitment. I began with a good attitude and was quite pleased with myself as I finished the first workout.
Tuesday came with unexpected and annoying problems. I lost 2 hours of time with a sudden meeting followed by an unexpected but needed obligation to an organization I am a part of. All of this put my day behind. So as the day quickly closed out I justified my missing the second day of the training program. It was just this once and I could make it up. Well, I would like to say that there were no further problems with my commitment to this program but such is not the case.
Wednesday came with even further sudden and unexpected things and before I knew it another day had passed and there was no time left. As I surveyed what my Thursday looked like on the calendar my commitment to this program of fitness is now pushed to the following week where I plan to start over. I had no strategy plan in place to make my commitment stick to the fitness regimen when annoying and problematic things occur. My reaction to these annoying obstacles was to quit and try again another time.
Knowing What You Are Getting into Requires a Necessary Strategy
Isn’t that what often happens? When suddenly life doesn’t agree with us and the commitment seems overwhelming we are ready to quit and head in another direction. Take for instance the ad placed by a minister in the local paper for a handyman. The church needed someone who could fix things as well as help out with routine chores. The first morning after the ad ran, a well-dressed young man came and asked to speak to the minister. The pastor took one look at the young man, immediately sized the fellow up, and began to ask him a flurry of questions:
Can you start a fire? ”Yes, sir!” Can you have coffee and breakfast snacks ready by 7:00 A.M. every morning? ”Yes, sir!” Can you polish silver and wash the dishes? ”Yes, sir!” Can you keep things picked up and neat along with keeping the lawn mowed? ”Yes, sir!”
The minister continued: ”Of course, there will be electrical problems, unexpected leaking pipes, restroom overflows, and”¦ ”Wait a minute!” The young man interrupted, ”I came here to make arrangements for my wedding. But if it’s going to be like that, I think I’ll just forget the whole thing!”
The young man’s commitment began with an enthusiasm for the annoying tasks that could be before him but as the miscommunication along with the potential problems became greater he was ready to quit before he got started. This funny story based on a misunderstanding is very often how the really annoying things and attitudes of life begin which is why a strategy to turn to when things seem to quickly spiral out of control is necessary.
Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NLT)
The Needed ”5” to Survive
As you conduct your daily life you are to strive to be more like Christ. When you focus on living a life by showing mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience you are not only living a life aligned with Christ but it is the very attributes that help squash the annoying and sometimes overwhelming things the world throws at you.
It isn’t however easy to always follow the ”5” but it is the strategy to gain peace. When you can take just one of the ”5” and apply it to an annoying thing or attitude that comes your way you gain a secret pocket of joyful peace that no one can take away from you. By continuing to strive to follow the ways of Christ; peace and joy become a way of life to which the annoying things no longer have a strong hold on you.
I often find that when I don’t understand things I can be unkind. That sometimes I allow my pride to dictate or justify my actions or feelings which can quickly throw humility out the window. My thoughts are not always gentle when I am in a hurry and my patience can quickly wain when faced with opposing forces that don’t fully agree with me.
But I also know that when I stop and focus on the ”5” I am striving to be more like Christ in my daily life. Because when even just one of the ”5” come to the surface it produces a peace and a joy not only in my life but one that shines the light of God out to others around me through not only my attitude but my actions.
Practicing the ”5” Brings Peace and Joy
Each day God shows us His ”5”; mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. He demands nothing in return. He does this simply because He loves us. When you recognize all that is provided to you by Christ, you can more easily share that knowledge with others through your actions and attitudes.
This is living a life of forgiveness for there are no perfect people. It is because of this that it is important to accept and love others not dwelling on their faults or looking for their weaknesses. Challenge yourself to use the strategy of the ”5”; mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Remind yourself when your last button is pushed that you are to treat others to the ”5” as He treats you. Your motivation to commit to Christ with the strategy of the ”5” comes from His love for you knowing that if love guides your life, peace will follow.
Won’t you commit to living a life in a Christ-like manner using the strategy of the daily ”5” to help produce a life of peace and joy? The benefits certainly outweigh the effort.
Love in Christ,
People will notice the change in your attitude towards them but won’t notice their behavior that made you change.
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