Frustrated? Get a Checkup from the Neck-Up
By Ed Delph
May 25, 2020
In other words, relax, cool your jets, get a checkup from the neck-up, take a deep breath. Get out of the driver’s side of the car and let God drive for a while. If you’re getting too intense, you need to back up and find out where you left Jesus.
"Lord, did You ever to something silly just for the fun of it? For example, did You ever sit and doodle in the air floating somewhere before You had this heavy world upon Your hands? Did you ever let Yourself go and take a wild ride across the galaxies or tie up a rainbow in knots without a thought of what someone else might think? Are the platypus and kangaroo a couple of Your favorite jokes that You keep around for laughs?
Come on, God, let's loosen up the world a bit. Let's use the fireman's hose to knock off the hats of all those cats who stiffen up their backs. They think they own this town! Let's stop traffic for a day. Let's have a ticker-tape parade for all the orphans we have made. Let's turn the land into a fair and throw confetti in the air and celebrate that You have come to join us here. Come on, God, let's go...!
If Jesus Christ means anything, it means He's one of us, and if His resurrection isn't just a dream for dying men, then He's the One who's come to bring this globe to life again!"
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside of us all. One wolf is evil. It is anger, envy, frustration, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”
When I get irritable and frustrated, and I do, I have invented what I call the S.T.P.S. Strategy. S.T.P.S. means Stop, Think, Pray, and Say.So, I STOP letting my soul and emotions rule. I STOP fighting, STOP fretting, and STOP acting out. Now, this takes my cooperation and choosing correctly, along with God's power. My cooperation with God's operation takes me beyond the limitations of human strength. It’s my choice, but God's power. When I STOP, it gets me to the calm waters of a clear mind. God's doodling again!
Ed Delph is a leader in church-community connections.
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