Can you remember a time when you wanted to accomplish something so much, something you believe was a sincere passion of your heart?! You believed at a gut-level that the achievement of this thing or experience would not only make you a better person, it would potentially allow you to provide better for yourself and your family, and it would also allow you to serve others and make their lives much easier?
Have you experienced the emotion of frustration as a result of not being able to pursue a particular goal that you really believed was possible? Something that you could “actually see” with the eye of faith and you knew it was right in your heart to pursue?
Webster’s defines the word frustration in several interesting ways.
- A feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something.
- The act of preventing the success of something.
- A deep chronic sense or state of insecurity and dissatisfaction arising from unresolved problems or unfulfilled needs and dreams (emphasis mine).
Pay Attention to Frustration
In situations where relational conflicts are involved, or issues that may cause anxiety and fear to come to the surface etc, it’s very beneficial to have enough self-discipline to keep your emotions reigned in.
There are other emotions (while still keeping them in check) that we should pay particular attention to such as anger or frustration. Emotions were given to us at birth to be able to enjoy the pleasant aspects of life, warn of us of danger, and so on. On the flip side, negative emotions can be and are great teachers if we know enough to pay attention to them.
As I mentioned earlier, the emotion of frustration lets us know when something specific is wrong. If you’ve been trying to succeed at something for an extended period of time, chances are that you’ve already experienced the emotion of frustration, or will very soon.
Let Frustration Be Your Compass
Frustration can be a great tool for determining direction in life, or specifically a career, much like a compass directs a hiker or outdoors man when he’s in unfamiliar territory.
For example: you may be in a particular position with an organization and you’re very efficient and productive at what you do. And, the company takes good care of you and provides excellent benefits for you and your family. If you are, that’s great! But being comfortable and secure is highly overrated.
Are you truly happy and fulfilled? Do you believe you’re following the passion of your heart? Do you feel like your natural gifts and talents are being utilized in the best possible way? If not, how does that make you feel? Frustrated perhaps?!!
That can be a good thing if you know in your heart you’re giving that company your very best every day when you come to work. If not, then you may need to check your heart or your attitude.
Psalms 37:4 in the Amplified Bible says: Delight yourself also in the Lord and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. The word “delight” here means to keep your heart soft, pliable, and teachable. When you do that consistently, God will plant His desires in your heart that will perfectly fit the gifts and talents He’s given you at birth. And you can be sure that those desires will bring maximum contentment and fulfillment.
Psalms 37:5 in the same translation says, Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass (amplification excluded).
You’ll Never Be Happy Until…
…you’re pursuing what you were created for.
If you’re gifted in a particular way that you have not pursued yet, but you know what your gifts are, then you need to make some specific effort toward recognizing, developing, and exercising those gifts.
It may not be something that will eventually turn into a career for you; but it just might be! It could be something as simple as creating an object with your hands that can be turned into a gift or service that would bring someone great comfort, joy, and blessing to someone. It could be that you have an usual and canny ability to fix things like cars, people’s houses, or any number of things.
However, it’s very possible that someone reading this article has a particular gift or talent that could be in an infant stage just waiting to be birthed. When that happens, it could mature into a creative, cutting-edge idea for a product or service oriented company that could potentially employ dozens or hundreds of people that would make this world a better place.
Regardless of what your gift or talent is, the world around you and the people around you need what you have and who you are. You see, regardless of what you believe, there is an “all-wise” creator of human beings and He has gifted every person on the face of the earth with particular gifts and talents. And those gifts will, and do reflect glory and honor back to Him first of all.
And secondly, many people’s gifts and talents can be, have been, and are being sharpened, honed, and developed into careers that make the possessor of that gift immensely happy, content, fulfilled, and prosperous when they discover what they’ve been created for.
Don’t stay frustrated! Let it challenge you to find out who you and what you were created for. And don’t buy into the lie that you are too old, too young, too uneducated, or too anything. Where there is the will, there is a way.