Faith · Freedom

Handling Frustration

Do you ever get frustrated?  Do you ever feel like what you’re currently doing has nothing to do with living your purpose?  How do you choose to handle frustration in your life?

I know I certainly get frustrated.  I believe that frustration is actually a good thing.  It means you haven’t given up, or arrived, in life.  Frustration may be the most useful tool that we have to help us make big decisions.  In my experience, I find that usually I know what to do to move forward; for whatever reason, I am choosing not to do it.  Then God gives me a little frustration to remind me to get off my butt and get moving.  Sometimes, it’s just a matter of making a courageous decision and following through on it.  I think that is the root cause of frustration:  not courageously living our God-given purpose, our calling.  We don’t get what we want until we start taking those steps, daily, towards what we want.

I have spent some time here (question #2) as well.  I think that is why I have always been frustrated at the jobs that I have worked at.  I have never had a job where I felt I was living my purpose.  My experience with jobs is more like a feeling of wasting my time (life) everyday.  I believe this is because God has put inside of me a passion for freedom and helping people.  To me, getting up every day to go work a job is the antithesis of freedom.  I have only had 1or 2 jobs in my life that I actually hated.  I just hate needing a job.  It’s like having to ask someone else’s permission to live your God-given purpose.  Why are so many people so willing to put their entire lives into the hands of an employer?

Finally, some of the ways that I have found to deal with frustration is:
    1.  Read God’s Word
    2.  Pray
3.  Serve somebody.  A big source of frustration is being too focused on myself.
4.  Do something.  Sometimes I just need to get out of my head and actually start doing what I’ve been thinking about doing.
5.  Break your big goal down to bite-size pieces.  I have a tendency to set huge goals that my subconscious just doesn’t buy into.  Instead focusing on the goal of showing my LIFE business x times this month, I need to focus on making x number of phone calls today.
I hope this helps you push through some of your frustration.  Live your purpose.
God bless
Jason Fredrick

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