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Looking through a scrapbook that Norma made from articles, pictures, brochures, etc., I decided to use something differently for my monthly "Connection" article. It is an article I was tasked to write for the 2nd Infantry Division newspaper, “Indianhead,” when I was in Korea.
It is easy to laugh at a comic strip character like Donald Duck who is perpetually frustrated. Quite often he is depicted in a frustrating experience such as we might have in a dream---alone on an island and finding hope for survival melting away into the form of some useless object. Frustration is anything but amusing when it envelops us personally.
Rather than letting our frustrations get the best of us we need to look for a sensible understanding of why they came. It may be well to learn a lesson from the fellow who decided one evening to build a bookcase. He found two nice pieces of wood in the craft shop to use as the uprights and set to work. When the beautiful piece of furniture was completed and brought to the house, it was discovered to be about three inches too tall to stand upright in the living room. That is frustration. He didn't measure the height of a normal house ceiling before setting to work. Fortunately, three inches could be taken off without disfiguring the work of art.
We get frustrated in life periodically because we continually push ourselves beyond our physical limitations. Our goals in life are so unrealistic that we cannot possibly begin to attain them. This can lead us into mental and emotional fatigue.
We can make our frustrations fruitful by making them creative of something new and better. The Apostle Paul used his detention in a Roman jail to write some of the priceless treasures of the Christian faith. A positive attitude toward failure and disappointment can do astonishing wonders for us. We need to use our frustrating experiences in life as building blocks for our future rather than stumbling blocks.
Our faith in Jesus Christ can help us deal with our innermost struggles in life. The Apostle Paul discovered that the power of God is the cure for the brick walls we walk into. He is the light that can lead us out of our blind alleys. When frustrations invade a marriage, the blues creep into our attitudes, or drugs get a grip on us, admit to God the mess we have made for ourselves and ask him to help us to deal with these personal needs.
"Have your minds ready for action, then. Keep alert, and set your hope completely on the blessing which will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Be obedient to God, and do not allow your lives to be shaped by those desires that you had when you were still ignorant. Instead, be holy in all that you do, just as God who called you is holy." (1 Peter 1:13-15)
Frederick A. Taylor
September 16 - Arabella Richardson
September 25 - Norman Hockley
September 29 - Pamela Hobart
October 12 - Elaine Miller
October 17 - Nancy Soares
November 11 - Sandy Erickson
November 13 - Charlie Lowe
November 18 - Mary Lou Bryant
November 27 - Frieda Danderson
October 22 - Bruce & Lee Powell
November 13 - Charlie & Shirley Lowe