Channeling Frustrations

Some days, weeks, or even months can be filled with challenges and frustrations. That’s why it’s important to have a good outlet or two or 14. Today, I accessed them all.

I’m very thankful for all my outlets. This post is dedicated to them:

  • Jesus – “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
  • My wife – You are amazing and a God-send. Thank you for your listening ear and encouraging words
  • My accountability partner – For agreeing to pray for me regularly
  • Good friends – That put up with my ranting and raving and also listen to me and provide good advice
  • The HK Youth workers – Thank you for praying over the Island ECC staff today. So many of you are also tons of fun (especially that intense foosball game today!)
  • The Witthoft family – You are good friends, ideal mentors, and extremely gracious

Prayer Warriors

Now if only I were healthy enough to play ultimate frisbee at this time… I would have used that outlet too!

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! 
   O LORD, make haste to help me! 
Let them be put to shame and confusion 
   who seek my life! 
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor 
   who delight in my hurt! 
Let them turn back because of their shame 
   who say, “Aha, Aha!”

  May all who seek you 
   rejoice and be glad in you! 
May those who love your salvation 
   say evermore, “God is great!”

Psalm 70:1-4


Catan Catharsis

Sometimes I am way too competitive.

One activity that brings out this destructive personality trait is the game Settlers of Catan. Often I have the right dose of fun, mixed with a passion to win. But occasionally I become quite overzealous in my thirst for victory, and the result can be quite embarrassing. In fact, I can count those embarrassing moments, and that sum is two. Both times I erupted in moments of accusatory anger, mostly out of a strong sense of justice and fairness. The other players were CLEARLY being unjust and unfair (to me).  I wanted vengeance for the way they stole my wheat port and repeatedly placed the robber on my key resource cards!

'settlers-of-catan-board-game' photo (c) 2009, Cheryl Marland - license: an outside reader, I’m sure this all makes perfect sense, and you’re all cheering for me to win.

In reality, both moments upset the other players, put a damper on the fun, and were a far cry from a fair and just reaction. I want to learn to keep things in perspective and take things in stride. It’s just a game, and the real purpose of games is not just to have something fun to do, but rather about interacting together and living in relationship.

My friends have thus far continued to love me and have even invited me to play Catan again. That’s probably because I have friends that are incredibly awesome – on a scale of awesomeness far greater than myself. If this is the case with Catan, how much more does God love me in spite of all my ridiculous outbursts and moments of stupidity?! Now that’s something to think about.