What’s your biggest pet peeve? Do you get irritated at slow drivers and when people neglect their turn signals? Maybe it drives you nuts when the men in your house forget to put the toilet seat down? Whether it’s loud chewers, dirty dishes in the sink, or know-it-alls, we all have things in life that can drive us crazy or make our blood boil.
I’m sure the pandemic brought on a whole new set of pet peeves for you that you didn’t even realize you had. Living in tighter quarters with your family may have exaggerated your hate for dirty socks all over the floor. Opinions on social media or the news may be wearing you out. I don’t know about you, but I feel a little bit weary.
In my pre-marriage class I learned the acronym, H.A.L.T. When you’re starting to get frustrated with a spouse, friend, or family member take a minute and reflect, “Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired?” This self-awareness may be a good way to realize that your emotions are on edge and you need a minute. When you’re feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, you may end up picking an unnecessary fight with your spouse or snapping at your child in a moment of frustration. It may not even be about that person, it may be a build-up of a frustrating day at work or an exhaustion from pandemic problems.
Luckily God can provide rest for our souls when we are physically, emotionally, or mentally exhausted. “Jesus said, ‘Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” (Matthew 11:28) If you are feeling weary, take some time to allow God to restore your soul. As you go throughout your day and find yourself getting agitated, remember to H.A.L.T. Take a breather, say a prayer, and fuel yourself with rest when you need it.
Write James 1:19 on a post-it note somewhere you will see it this week. Practice being quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.