Ways to Avoid Feeling Frazzled
You might have a good idea what the word frazzled means. You might even feel like you could volunteer for its picture in the dictionary, especially when you consider that it describes being worn on the edges.
Wow. That’s definitely how most people feel. Worn out. Wearied. Stressed. Running out of gas. Whatever you want to call it, the result is the same: we often feel worn on the edges. But then I thought about this in a different light: To be worn on the edges means the center is still intact. And that’s where our focus needs to be. Paul said in 2 Thessalonians, “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good”. One translation says, “…continue without weakening.”
Obviously, it must be possible to get weary (or worn on the edges) or the Bible wouldn’t warn us of the dangers, but it doesn’t have to break us down altogether. And here’s why: our center is still intact. In other words, when God is in the center of your heart, you can’t fail.
So now it might be important to define the word center in order to get the full picture. The center is always the pivot, the axis around which everything else rotates or revolves. It the source or influence and action. Anything outside of center is on the edge or bordering the core.
3 Ways to Avoid Frazzled Feelings
Frazzled is going to happen. It’s inevitable. But when our faith in God is intact, having our constant, regular attention, frazzled edges are just a small by-product of this natural life. However, I have found ways to avoid or at least reduce frazzled feelings:
1. By placing God’s Word in your heart.
“My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart” (Proverbs 4:20-21).
When you’re feeling worn on the edges, don’t miss an opportunity to read and meditate on God’s Word. Even if you only have a few minutes each day, you’ll be surprised how much peace and strength it will add to your life. The Word of God is designed to be our daily food. It feeds the center of our being.
2. By keeping your thoughts on God and not yourself.
“Through Him, you believe in (adhere to, rely on) God, who raised [Jesus] up from the dead and gave Him honor and glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] on God” (1 Peter 1:21).
Your faith in God is only as good as your focus on God. What I mean is, if all we do is think of (and stress about) our schedule, the money, our responsibilities, and so on, we will continue to feel (and be) worn on the edges. But when we take our eyes off ourselves and re-focus on the promises and faithfulness of God, our edges don’t seem so frayed after all. In fact, everything natural begins to look quite small compared to our supernatural God.
3. And lastly, by praying in the Spirit.
“But you, dear friends, carefully build up in this holiest faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right in the center of God’s love…” (Jude 20-21).
This is probably the single most important thing that keeps me sane. When I pray in the Spirit, my heart connects to God’s heart. And when I’m centered on Him, my edges seem to heal. Remember, God designed us to live from the inside-out, not the outside-in. So no matter what my “edges” are doing, I’m okay because of my center, not my edges. And you can be too!
Life has a way of wearing us down sometimes, but you don’t have to be tattered and worse for wear when you do things God’s way.
This article was written by Daphne Delay