Whether through our frustration with ourselves, others or the situations in which we find ourselves; many times we must deal with things such as anger, depression, exasperation and confusion. We are not perfect creatures and we do not live in a perfect world. The result is that we all are going to have a few of "those days".
You know the kind of day of which I speak. You get up late or feeling like a bus hit you overnight; either way the day starts bad and goes downhill from there. There are many times we simply cannot stop what is going on but rather must focus on not allowing those things to so frustrate us that our fellowship with God is smashed into a million pieces.
In many respects, all of us are much too hard on ourselves and those closest to us. Somehow we equate walking in fellowship with God to walking in perfection and that is not going to happen. Until the Lord returns or we take our final breath, we are going to stumble and fall short of the standard God lays out for us in His Word.
We really need to learn how to forgive ourselves and those around us. No one is perfect and we all mess things up royally at times and some days it seems, all the time. I believe God sits on His throne at times just shaking His Regal Head as He sees us getting all exasperated over trivial matters, pulling our hair out and beating ourselves up for doing a silly thing.
God is not concerned with our ability to be perfect for He knows that is impossible. God is not concerned about how right we think we are for He knows our frame and that without Him we are never right. God is not concerned with our vain attempts to show off how spiritual or smart we think we are for He sees right through us and knows what is in our hearts.
Simply put, all any of us can do is strive to do our best to do what we know is right and try to live in the way God lays out in His Word. When we fail, we have a Savior who lovingly forgives us. When those around us fail, we have the joy of helping lift them up by carrying their burdens. Pride and self-righteousness should have no place in our thinking or walk.
The next time you are having one of "those days", remember that God still loves you no matter what and that sometimes all we can do is just "hang in there". Patience in the Bible is defined as just that; the ability to outlast tribulation and not succumb to pressure. In other words, patience allows us to endure our own shortcomings and those of our brothers and sisters around us.