I recently had the joy of watching a group of prekindergarten children “play” kitchen. I was intrigued at the personality traits some took upon themselves so naturally: the people pleaser, the creative spirit, the control freak, the jokester, the observer, the nurturer and the professed indifferent.

Mix in a few plastic baby dolls, a basket full of pots and pans, plastic food and a children’s wooden play kitchen and well, you have the makings for an imagination station for the next budding chef — or a test kitchen for the old saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth.”

It was a blissful day in the kitchen until one of the plastic babies began to loudly “cry” even though the assigned mother was doing her best to calm her. The assigned dad had to raise his voice over the crying, trying to crack jokes with his friend. Everyone became too distracted by the noise to eat the meal the chef prepared, while the young lady dishwasher was becoming disturbed because she didn’t think it was fair to have to wash dishes for food she didn’t eat (or like). Let’s not forget the young man who remained in the corner, despite the baby mother’s bidding, shaking his head profusely when asked if he would PLEASE change the crying baby’s diaper. And then there was the sullen young lady who took it upon herself to walk around acting as if she had cotton in her ears and let everyone know she was thoroughly bored.

“What just happened?” I thought to myself. “Where did the bliss go? It went out the kitchen window!”

This all started when a baby, made of plastic, began to cry. Engrossed in their temporary roles, they allowed their focus upon the “cry” to intensify their emotions; eventually changing the entire atmosphere of the kitchen.

Whoa… how many times do we do the same spiritually?

We focus on whatever “cry” breaks into our pursuit of happiness. Sometimes it is annoying and brief; other times, we may wonder when tough times will subside. We may ask ourselves, “Where did the bliss go?”

We engross ourselves in a temporary perspective… in our temporary roles. Looking around, we may become hypersensitive to what others are doing wrong; or perhaps, just not doing as we would do. Soon enough, the entire atmosphere around us changes.

Friend, let’s sit down at the kitchen table and invite scripture to remind us of a few things:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:10-12).

When we recognize who we are truly struggling against, then we can begin to approach the battlefield cry, ourselves, and those in life’s kitchen with God’s unfailing Word rather than our emotions and agendas. Satan can beat us — even on our best day. However, Satan is no match for God. We need to remember that Satan is temporary. God is eternal.

Let’s allow our eternal God to respond on our behalf when we hear Satan cry out for our attention!

We must submit to God, relying on God’s strength – God’s victory. In doing so, when we humbly walk near to God, we can resist the devil through God’s enabling power (Matthew 6:13, James 4:7-8). The more we lean into the truths of scripture (sword of the Spirit), the more we can move forward from an eternal perspective rather than a cramped view which may tempt us into foolishness (Matthew 4:1-11).

How is the current atmosphere in your life?

Are you focusing too much on temporary frustrations?

What battlefield cry of Satan do you need to rebuke with the help of prayer and His Word?

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer and an opinion columnist. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@ amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Face - book: facebook. com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffany chartier