Interruptions Can Be Blessings
Staying Open to Hidden Gems for Personal Growth
by Joanne Troppello
I had just finished lunch and was about to start work on another article when I got a text. I let out a frustrated sigh and checked my phone. My sister asked if I had some time to come next door to help her out with something. I texted back that I’d be over soon.
The project she needed help with took a bit longer than we’d both thought.
However, I had two choices. I could get annoyed that a half hour task turned into an hour and a half project. Or I could embrace the interruption in my workday and be thankful that she lives next door, that I got a chance to see her young daughters, and I got to spend invaluable time with my sister.
I decided to embrace the interruption.
Yet, that’s not always the case.
Many times, I find God-instances or interruptions in my day as annoyances, rather than unexpected blessings. Sure, not all interruptions are blessings. However, with every interruption, you can respond maturely, rather than react immaturely. You can embrace the interruption as a chance to grow as an individual.
Embracing the Interruptions
“Bringing my two children up while writing was just a part of life. I’d much rather have had their interruptions than been stuck in a sterile office. This way, I had welcome distractions. I had to load the washing machine, I had to go out and buy lemons.” – Deborah Moggach
There are four things to remember when interruptions disturb your daily routine:
Breathe – Take a breath. Don’t immediately react. You might regret your actions when you act rashly without thinking first.
Decide – Choose to welcome the interruption. Sure, you can let distractions run your day. Yet, there could be a hidden blessing waiting for you.
Embrace – Accept this interruption as a growing experience for you or as a chance to grow together with the other person interrupting you.
Learn – Discover hidden gems in this experience. Maybe you need to become less rigid in your mindset. You might need a reboot in your attitude.
“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Phil. 2:1-4 (NKJV)
Verse four is an important reminder to me to act selflessly. When I embrace interruptions in life, there is usually a chance for me to put the interests of others before myself.
Do you generally embrace interruptions that have turned out to be hidden gems for personal growth?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.