I was tired. It had been a long day at work, and my eyes were mad at me for staring at a computer screen all day. I walked in the door, set down my computer bag next to our green couch, and listened to the cushions beckon me to lounge upon their softness. But I resisted temptation and walked into the kitchen. I had an important meeting the next day, and wanted to bring some homemade snacks.

When I entered the kitchen, I found my wife cooking dinner. I gave her a kiss, and then two boys bounded in ready to play. Forgetting about the snacks, I morphed into the tickle monster (Picture the Hulk minus the green, and the big muscles, and the anger), and chased them around the house. Dinner was next. And slowly the night got away from me.

Around 8:30 I realized that I needed to start cooking. I grabbed the ingredients out of the pantry and fridge and began handcrafting Rosemary Mango Lemonade and Homemade Caramel Popcorn. (yes, they are as amazing as they sound) It was beautiful. I ran into a snag, however, we were out of butter. So at 9:00pm I left for the grocery store, got back at 9:30, and finished the goodies by 11:00 (2-hours passed my bedtime).

Finally, I laid down on my soft-mattress exhausted. I fell asleep immediately, and then woke up a few moments later. My 1-year-old decided that he wasn’t happy. For the next two hours he cried, and CRIED, AND CRIED!!! And then he went to sleep – AHHH! Sleep!

Three hours go by, and then, at 4:10am our smoke detector alerted us that its battery was low. Not only did it begin sending very obnoxious screeching noises throughout the house, but an annoying automated female voice repeated, “battery low – battery low – battery low!” I got out of bed. Grabbed a ladder out of the garage. And changed the battery.

I got back in bed, slept for two hours, and got up for work.

Sometimes that’s how it goes. Things go crazy in our lives. Inconveniences smother us like the hair of a Chia pet. We are reminded that life is not in our control. And that brings me to the point – life is not in our control, but the way we respond to life is.

If we are going to live intentionally as a Christian, we will need to be intentional about the way we respond to things out of our control. And how does God want us to respond? With “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” (Galatians 5)

Which Fruit of the Spirit is the hardest for you? Comment below to begin the discussion…

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