If you find yourself more frustrated, easily angered, and on edge than ever before it should give you pause to stop and ask ‘why.’ Perhaps it is the obvious stress of the days we find ourselves walking through, but it may also be due to our neglect of what is most needful. We can be easily tossed to and fro by the changes of life or as Peter wrote in his epistle cited above, lose our stability as we get carried away with the error lawless people when we are not rooted firmly in Christ Jesus.
While we cannot change the external circumstances, we can change how they affect us and those around us. Our attitude, reactions and actions remain firmly within our control. The peace and stability we crave is only found in Christ Jesus. Yet, if we have neglected or allowed times with Him to be pushed out or diminished it is hard to remain in a healthy place mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
We need margin in our lives. We have the ability to create it if we choose to do so. There will always be something that needs our attention, but most of it can wait. We can hit pause to spend time in prayer, pop in to a Bible study, or connect in worship. We need to create such margins - for it is from the margins themselves or lack thereof that we often act and react.
Take a look at your schedule and routine in this season. Carve out times with the Lord if they don’t exist. Draw healthy work boundaries if it is difficult to ‘shut down’ and draw away from the screens, news and updates that carry you away and undermine your stability and peace. Persevere and press into Jesus and the Household of Faith more fully and find rest.