Monday, June 29, 2009
When Frustration Breeds Discontentment
Many moments in the past little while I have found myself uttering these words ' this sucks I am going to go crazy'. Most often it is because of my children arguing, fighting, hurling words at each other that are downright awful and nothing I say seems to makes any difference.
I then sit back and get incredibly frustrated and discouraged and immediately it leaves me with a feeling of discontentment. Discontentment is a slippery slope, it allows thoughts of something never being enough, someone never doing the right thing, life just never going right.
Understandably there are times in life when I get frustrated because things aren't happening the way I would like them to go but when I allow the discontentment into my life that is when things take a turn for the worst. A simple argument between my children can lead to thoughts of wishing I had different kids....see?? a scary slope to be on and one that I believe God wants us so to guard our heart against. Instead of discontentment we are asked to be thankful in all things and to always be giving thanks.
In a moment of sheer frustration yesterday when the kids were once again hurling words and anger at each other in the van I turned to Conrad and said ' you know what? a parent of a sick child would have this any day over having to see their child suffer .' So in that moment even though my feelings may have been ones of frustration and anger I chose to thank God for my healthy children and that in that moment they were sitting in my van arguing with each other because I know I would rather have that any day over living a lonely, selfish existence of having things the way I think they should be.
I am sure there will be many moments of frustration over the period of summer holidays but I know for myself I want to guard against it breeding discontentment in my life because I know I have so much to be thankful for!!!