I was convicted with some verses several days last week. It caused me to think about times when all I can dwell on is my anger/frustration over trivial things. As I thought more and more about it, it occurred to me that when these thoughts are clouding my mind, that is a form of self-absorption and selfishness! I might generally be doing good things, and spending my time wisely, but I can't seem to focus on God at all when Satan has me up in arms about how I feel!
My DH said something to me that kind of hurt my feelings but I understood what he meant. He said when I talk about those kind of things, it's like all he hears is the unintelligible teacher from Charlie Brown, "Wa,wa-wa, wa..." and I wondered what God thinks when I am telling him my woes. Does He care about those unimportant things that get under my skin? I know He cares for me, but I also wonder if He is trying to teach me love, patience, endurance, or something else... and hoping I get the lesson. Thank goodness for His grace!
The devil's tools are many. I hope that next time my focus is clouded by hurt feelings, petty misunderstandings, etc., I will recognize those things for what they are, dwell on the word of God, and dismiss them with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Scriptures to focus on:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8