The psalmist writes in Psalm 43, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?” When we feel pulled in opposing directions, these words burn within us. Internal conflicts occur when our expectations and the realities of life pull in opposite directions.
“Conflict ties me up in knots,” says Teresa from Ohio. “I am not good at dealing with conflict of any type. I think the origins lie in my childhood, where there was much conflict in my life.”
Internal conflict pulls tighter and tighter when our+C87 past behavior is suddenly challenged and we are asked, or prodded, to move beyond our comfort zone.
Consider these thoughts today: Without such a challenge to our comfort zone, we would stagnate. There would be no growth.
This message was adapted from “Facing Conflict Faithfully” by Susan M. Lang that appeared in the May 2004 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.