You’ve had those days, haven’t you?
You’re trying your best. You’re giving it your all. But nothing – and I mean nothing! – is going as it should. Clients are jumping up and down, each one wanting their own matters to be moved to the top of your “to do” list. Deadlines are approaching. Work is piling up and your anxiety level is rising. You are being pushed to your limit and you know if you’re asked to do one more task or talk to one more pushy person, you are going to –
There. Feel better now?
Wouldn’t it be nice to run outside and scream at the top of your lungs every time you’re pushed to your breaking point?
Imagine the feeling of all your burdens being carried away as your voice echoes through the skies.
Imagine the peace you would feel as all your stresses melt away.
Imagine the relief.
Imagine the judgmental looks from all your co-workers standing in the doorway watching you scream your head off and wondering which mental institute to call first.
Yeah. Imagine that.
The days that seem to come from the depths of the Fiery Pit itself will always exist. There’s no way to avoid them but I’ve come to realize that these days don’t have to end in an explosion of frustrations.
So, what do we do when the demands of the day overwhelm us and all we want to do is scream?
First things first: Remember that each day is a blessing.
Yep, even the horrible ones.
“This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24 CSB
Each day is a gift, an opportunity for you to serve God, bless others and glorify Him with your words and actions. All the stuff that makes your day seem horrible is merely a distraction sent by Satan to keep you from enjoying God’s gift to you. Don’t let that manipulative joker steal your joy.
Secondly, quit trying to walk through your day alone!
“Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV
You are only one person and there is only so much you can handle on your own. Ask for help. Ask for a break. And ask early – don’t wait til you’re about to blow your top!
Lastly, if you’ve reached the point of no return and you just have to scream, try crying out to the One who is always with you, the One who is strong enough to handle everything being thrown your way, the One who gives peace even on the most horrible of days.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
When the stress piles up and you are about to break, spend a few minutes with the Heavenly Father. Ask for His help. Take Him at His Word and trust Him to ease your mind and give you strength to make it through all of your days.
Trust me. Crying out to the Father is a much better alternative than making a spectacle of yourself in the office parking lot. 😉