“That’s all I can stands. I can’t stands no more!” – Popeye. Have you ever thought of frustration as a good thing? Or even a God-given thing? Popeye might have. He always gets to a point where he acts because his frustration builds to a breaking point where he no longer can sit by and do nothing. He MUST act.
I used to think that frustration was a bad thing. That I needed to be content in everything all the time – which just added to more frustration! As many of you know, I can be er, rather intense at times? Or passionate? I used to try to hide that side of me, or at least not let it grow; instead of realizing the Lord made me that way for a reason (I still need to honor Him in with the passion and grow in maturity with it, but He gave it to me so I could use it for Him).
The Lord used Bill Hybels’ book Holy Discontent to open my eyes to the fact that the Lord wants to take those things and areas in our lives that we can’t stand, and use us to do something about it. The frustration is meant to be a catalyst for change.
The things you can’t stand, the things that break your heart and baffle your mind, just might be the things in which the Lord wants to use you to make a difference.
In search of my holy discontent, that “thing” that makes me want to wake up every morning, I came across this song by Need to Breathe:
The “Something Beautiful” is my holy discontent and the purpose for which the Lord is calling me to make a difference in my sphere of influence. Once that “something beautiful” touches you, you will never be the same again. You wont stop until you find it, until the Lord shows you what He wants you to do with it.
You might be the next founder of an organization like World Vision or maybe you are called to offer a word of encouragement to a weary soul. Whatever it is, the Lord will take and use your deepest pains, greatest frustrations and give you a purpose, a mission and hope to serve Him – He will give you a Holy Discontent.
So I encourage you to read this book. It will have an impact!