“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard
I lost my new boots! Just before what may be the coldest snowiest week in winter 2013 I have put my boots somewhere and I cannot, for the life of me, find them. To top it off they were a Christmas gift from my mother and now she is obsessing over the fact I’ve lost them.
It is truly amazing how little things can side track a whole day. Our momentary frustrations can easily dominate the psychological landscape, blotting out our view of God’s plans. I know if I am not careful I could lose valuable dream- reaching- time to what God calls the “little foxes”:
[Young Women of Jerusalem] Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming! Songs 2:5
When I get frustrated over something my knee-jerk reaction is to get angry and get- a- fixin’. My emotions tend to blot out the logical side of me which would ask the questions: Is this immediately important? Do I need to be taking care of this? Is this something that needs to be dealt with now?
I am learning to catch the little foxes and stop them from stealing my time and energy. I’m accomplishing this by stopping…breathing…asking the questions above…and planning from the answers to those questions rather than from my initial emotions.
“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”
― T.F. Hodge
“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.”
― Steve Maraboli
“At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock at once at thy closet door and say,—’Come out unto us.’ But keep thy state; come not into their confusion. The power men possess to annoy me I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are the little foxes that are trying to distract you from your dreams?