Day 13 | Airports and Traffic Jams
“Where Am I?” is today’s devotional. Instead of commenting on its content, I thought it would be good to laugh and see how we can turn traffic jams and times in airports into a positivity feast. Enjoy this funny, but powerful excerpt out of my book, Let’s Just Laugh at That:
Let’s Just Laugh at This Lie:
I Am Always Stressed in Airports and Traffic Jams
Laughable Assumptions Behind This Lie:
I am hard wired to be tense and grouchy in airports and traffic jams. God understands that I will have a sour disposition in these situations, so He waits for these events to be over to speak with me.
If Jesus were living on earth today, He too would be uptight in airports and would have road rage in heavy traffic.
It’s impossible to not be controlled by the negative emotions around me.
If I am late or miss my flight, God has no solutions, nor can He work things for good.
There is no divine purpose or opportunity in a stressed-out airport or traffic jam. It is always an attack of the devil to be resisted.
The Truth: There is unique grace available for every kind of situation we face.
There is grace to worship and praise. Silas and Paul’s praise created a revival in a dreadful, stress-filled prison (Acts 16:16-34).
There is grace that provides strength. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul received this promise when facing an ongoing frustration.
There is a delivering grace that increasingly manifests as we walk in peace. “Then passing through the midst of [those wanting to kill Him], He went His way” (Luke 4:30).
Strategies for Overcoming This Lie:
Realize this is an opportunity to build your peace “muscle” – “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20). Jesus slept during a storm and then got up to rebuke it (Mark 4:35-41). Stressful situations create an opportunity to access higher levels of peace that will give us greater authority over the storms of life.
Increase your time management skills, but let go of perfectionism so you can enjoy the journey – Much stress can be reduced by giving yourself extra time when traveling. Even so, nobody will always plan properly or be able to avoid unforeseen events—so purpose to be more joyful when things aren’t going well. Others will be glad you did.
Look for the divine purpose in the situation – Open your eyes to the opportunities all around you. Is there someone to minister to? Is there something else to do? Turn the stress into something positive.
Declarations to Renew Your Mind:
My peace is growing, and it is a great spiritual weapon.
I laugh a lot in airports and traffic jams.
I find divine purpose in inconvenient and stressful moments
Note from the team: We hope that got your laughers pretty warmed up. We're almost 2 weeks completed. We release fresh grace to go eagerly after mind renewal by meditating on the promises of God. We feel that it's time to shift our devotional even more towards the Positivity Feast aspect of this. Over the next weeks, we will be pointing you to some of our favorite resources and sharing testimonies. Feel free to send us some of your own that you think could help the group. We are in for great breakthroughs!
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LET'S DECLARE THIS!
“The Lord of peace is peace. In every way, He always gives me His peace!”
(2 Thessalonians 3:16)
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