How do I handle frustration?

“Put down your phone and do something with your hands, so at the end of two hours you have a tangible result of your time.”
— Nick Offerman

Maybe you can relate. You’re riding high on that new diet and starting to see results, and that’s when Target offers the most absurd deal on Oreo’s ever conceived: Six for one with a free gallon of 2%. Or maybe you’ve just managed to get over the hump of running every day. You’ve found yourself enjoying it (which is surprising, cuz running and pleasure go together like cheesecake and anchovies). And that’s when you sprain a knee.

I am feeble and crushed. I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

Or you’re finally just content with life. All of your old heartaches are sorted like piles of leaves in the autumn. And then the hurricane wind that is Facebook blows in and undoes that emotional raking in an instant: your ex is engaged, your old job replaced your skills after all and their profits went up ten thousand percent, and your lost cat actually just went backpacking through Europe — how you’d always talked about.

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Life just seems designed to steal your joy.

My heart throbs, my strength fails me. The light of my eyes — it has gone from me.

But perspective is important here. I’ve never been surrounded in battle. I’ve never had a heartache that didn’t heal or an injury that didn’t fade. (I also don’t have to deal with Brazilian leaping spiders. Just sayin’.) Sometimes God doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to remove obstacles from your path. But never mind the road you wanted to travel. The best thing to do when you’re feeling frustrated? Be productive where you can, instead of despairing where you cannot. The surest way to redeem a bad situation is to use it as the platform for creating something that lasts.

But for you, O Lord, do I wait. It is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

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