Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Frustration

According to Wikipedia - in psychology - frustration - is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger and disappointment - it arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of individual will. The greater the obstruction - and the greater the will - the more the frustration is likely to be.  Everyone has moments in their lives when they will be frustrated about something or someone.  We do not live in a perfect world - thus many opportunities for disappointments - irritating situations - unhappy moments. Unfortunately you cannot avoid these - they are as much a part of life as eating and drinking. Everyone is allowed a frustrating moment or two - those who constantly frustrate others - are another issue.  
When Jesus entered the temple and saw it filled with those bartering and selling - He became frustrated - irritated - angry - at their actions. He acted on His frustration - in short order - revealed His feeling about the situation.  Jesus teaches us that we are to be tolerant of others - forgiving - forgetting.  We are also reminded that we need to be thoughtful - to think through our actions - before we act - to avoid situations - that will irritate and frustrate others. Life will throw situations at us - irritating - frustrating - that require patience - understanding - acceptance. You do not have to be happy about these moments - just remember that on occasion - you may be the guilty one.

Deacon Dale 

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