I’ve really enjoyed this Summer – lots of good family time, delicious summer food (peaches, cherries, etc) & the longer days are a few of my current favs. Summers can be nice & relaxing – until you get a sharp jab! Some sharp jabs could be a work confrontation, something you forgot that’s now in your face, a finance challenge (there’s nothing left to cinch on the belt), a personal insight about yourself that’s uncomfortable, etc.
I’ve had a few sharp jabs recently that have served to keep me on my toes this Summer – despite the “relaxing” nature of the Summer. So what do we do with those “sharp jabs”? Here are a few things that are presently helping me:
- remember that God already knew about the sharp jab & He didn’t chew His nails on the issue(s)
- taking walks – the summer is nice because its pleasant to walk outside in the morning or evening. I find these to be good chatting times w God, when I can pour out my heart to Him & then listen for His perspective
- being honest – when something bothers you, its better to not suppress it, but ask God to help you find a constructive way to express what’s bothering you
- truth search – sharp jabs often expose a deeper issue that needs to be addressed. Don’t get distracted by the results of a deeper cause. Solve the cause & you can change the results
Sharp jabs come & go – with God’s help, they can be used to really help us grow!