WHAT TO DO WHEN FRUSTRATED
LUKE 21: 25 - 28
(PAGE 1541 COME ALIVE BIBLE)
JESUS CHRIST spoke of a time when there would be "distress among
nations, with perplexity..." and of "men's hearts failing them."
This summarily speaks of a time of great frustration. Perhaps
you personally are facing a time of frustration. Certainly, it
appears a broad segment of our nation is experiencing an
epidemic of frustration. You know frustration.
Frustration is an emotion fathered by anger. It causes our blood
pressure to rise, our breathing to accelerate, the pitch and
volume of our voice to heighten.
Frustration results from us reacting against seemingly
One country comic said, "It makes me so mad I could eat a
goatburger!" That's frustration.
Frustration is the fruit of our failure to succeed and achieve.
It is the outgrowth of our inability to reach a goal. It occurs
when our hopes fade and our dreams die.
Frustration is a Ulysses on his odyssey coming to a rain-
swollen river which he must cross and, finding it flooded, wades
out into it waist-deep and beats it with a chain. Such
frustrated response does no good. How many times have you found
your stream flooded at the wrong time and flogged it with a
Frustration is a little boy who has beaten on a locked door
until exhausted and finally sits down and cries. Have you been
there? Sure, all of us have been.
When that which promises to be exhilarating proves to be
exasperating, we end ...
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