I was having one of “those days” when I hopped in the car. I was stressed, my attitude was ugly, and I’m pretty sure the black cloud over my head was more visible than I’d like to admit it was. I was stressed out and irritated with everyone and everything. My irritation became even more irritated when I put the key in the ignition and the car speakers started blaring Steven Curtis Chapman’s new song, “Love Take Me Over.” It was too loud, and I was annoyed with myself for leaving the volume up. You know how it is, when you’re irritated EVERYTHING becomes annoying. I turned the song down, but I found myself becoming annoyed with the lyrics.
“Love, take these words that I'm speaking
Love, take these thoughts that I'm thinking
Love, take me over”
Why was I annoyed by them? Because I was sitting in my wrongness, and I was irritated by the truth. I had let myself get stressed to the point that I didn’t even want to interact with people because I had “stuff that had to get done” and they were standing in the way of me doing it or were giving me more to do. The more I listened to the song, the more it started wearing me down.
“Love, fill up all of my space and
Love, come stand right here in my place
Love, hear this prayer that I'm praying
Love, take me, love, take me over”
I rolled my eyes upwards and said, “Fine, God. Fine. You’re right. I’m not thinking with love, acting with love, or treating people with love. I’m sorry. Please help me fight the irritation and let love win out.” Slowly, the irritation started melting away. It’s amazing what happened when I stopped feeding the stress/irritation monster. My attitude changed, and I was more peaceful. The things that were causing my stress didn’t go away, buy my approach to how I handled those problems and the people presenting them to me changed. I kept saying, “Love, take me over.” You know what? Love did take me over. Love won. Not sure what’s irritating you today, but let love take you over. You’ll be better for it, and so will the people around you. Just ask the people who have to be around me!