Often as we read through twitter, or look on facebook we see a lot of anger, hate, sin, and frustration. We see people with stress, letting it out. We see broken relationships being hashed out online. Have you ever read the comments under most articles published on the web. People are angry, broken, and afraid. I am angry, broken and afraid many times. So my question for today is how can we respond to all the anger, the hurt and pain?
To start I am reminded what my pastor said to me recently. He said “I am never surprised when people act like the sinners they are, I am shocked when they act like Christians.” Too often I think we believe that everyone should be nice and happy all the time. The reality is we are all sinners. We are all broken, angry and stressed, however we are also loved, redeemed, and saved by the one who came down from heaven. So what do we do? How do we make it through the day with so much stress, anger and hurt filling our world? I have a suggestion, remember to breath, pray, and breath again.
I have seen lots of ways to help us but none has been more effective for me than just breathing, and praying. Breathing is essential for life and so is prayer. Pray can help us see God at work, Prayer can help us focus on Jesus. Lots of people take a walk, or look at something pretty. Recently I have see people post pictures of flowers to remember God’s great creation. These can all be good things. I would add breathe, pray and breathe again. To breathe is to have life and to pray is have life. Jesus is there with you, you can pray his words, “Neither do I condemn you; go and from now on sin no more”John 8:11b
I know we will continue to sin, we will continue to see others sin. I often try to remind myself Jesus has forgiven me, now go back out and follow him again. Be reminded of His kingdom of forgiveness and grace. So as you are hurting, broken or angry today remember to breath, and pray, and breath again.