One sure-fire way to know that I’m not in a good place is when I start getting all flustered over stupid things. These things never stopped getting under my skin actually, I just stopped responding to those things in a healthy way. Which, of course, makes me even more frustrated that I’m frustrated over stupid things.
Does it really matter?
One helpful reminder is to look at the “grand scheme of things.” The big picture. A heavenly perspective.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 The saying is sure:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
14 Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.
*The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (2 Ti 2:8–15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.