Why is it that the little things in life are what can excite you or frustrate you most?
Like when you discover your phone has a portable hotspot (who knew!). Or when your needle in the sewing machine breaks as you’re working on the last step on your dress the night before Easter. (Yeah, that happened.)
It is silly and downright embarrassing what stupid things I let get the better of me. The other day it was a paper design punch. You know, those things that leave dainty cut-out designs on the corner of your paper and bruises on the palm of your hand. I really did get increasingly frustrated with every slam to the desk that rattled my nervous system and made Kristyn Getty’s voice skip in the CD player. (All while creating Easter cards–wow, how spiritual of me.)
But because I have a gracious God, it wasn’t long before I recognized the hypocrisy of the situation. I was able to stop and confess the utter ridiculousness of my sin. I was able to thank God for the puncher. For the pounding sensation and red spots on my hand. For the individuals whom I was sending these cards to. For the reason–the Person–behind the holiday which I was preparing for.
How could I be complaining about an imprint to the skin when Christ endured a nail through the flesh?
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
That we might die to sin and live to righteousness. That’s why Jesus died.
“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation–if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3 (emphasis mine)
Whatever terminology you like—-keeping Christ the forefront, setting your mind on things above, focusing on the cross, having an eternal perspective—-this is the only way we can truly “live to righteousness” and “grow up into salvation”. We must choose gratitude to combat the trifle irritations of life (and sinful reactions to them).
What can you thank the Lord for today?