When I feel frustrated, I know deep inside, where my proverbial freight train, (without brakes) will it end up. I (my train) will react by dumping my explosive, held-back emotions, on others I care about the most. Trust me…it’s not a pretty sight. It’s like you can see the train in slow motion leaving the tracks because it took the turn to fast. It begins to tip over (No Superman around to help) and clears the landscape of anything in its path. At this point, the only thing that can stops it is nothing. It just simply and finally comes to a stop all by itself. Everyone who sees what just happened can’t believe what they just witnessed. Noting is left to do now but try and recover any good that remains.
I can’t speak for you but I’ve been there many times in my life. Those moments you wish you could take back. Moments you wish you had never caused or been part of. But alas, moments of train wrecks occur from time to time and such is life. What could have been done to avoid the crash? Can we (I) ever avoid not having another derailment? I know these question have answers, though they possibly could be answered in many different ways. I’m not here to say I have the answers for you but I truly desire to find the answers for me and my life…for the sake of others…those I love and respect.
For me, I simply trace the trail back to the begin and look for where I could have done better maintenance. I look for wounded moments that I left unchecked, thinking they will never surface from my secret hiding place! I say to myself, “I can handle these wounds alone, they will hurt no one else.” However, I Know deep down that all I’m doing is simply lying to myself, they will hurt others if I don’t do something with them.
What then should I have done with the wounded moments that can grow into destructive seeds with the potential to destroy a city block? Are you ready for the answer? Well then, here it is and trust me…it’s not complicated at all. In fact, it is so simple, it is missed often in my life and maybe, just maybe…in your life as well.
The answer is a 5 minute prayer before you go into a meeting, before you go through the door of your home at the end of the day, before you meet with a friend (or anyone) that may have hard news for you to hear…whatever it may be, 5 minutes of prayer can and will keep the train from going off the tracks. I like to call it a A PACT with God. A prayer pact can save me and perhaps you a lot of heartache. I hope this helps. God bless all of you and to those I have ever wounded, please forgive me.
A Pact (The Prayer)
1 minute of Adoration- worship Him
1 minute of Penitence- ask God for forgiveness
1 Minute of Acknowledgment-that God alone is your answer
1 minute of Control-surrender all of yourself to His Lordship
1 minute of Thanksgiving- give Him thanks for a prayer He will surely answer