We are in that season of the year where most Americans are wrapped up in emotions or strong feelings and yet so many of those same Americans are trying to ignore or even suppress these emotions. We are here to remind you that emotions and feelings are indicators that should not be ignored. Even our Creator had many of our same emotions and expressed them audibly and visually for others to witness (See Bible Versus Below.) All sorts of emotions (feelings) come to the surface during stressful and even joyous occasions depending on family life, financial situation, past relationships, or sordid decisions in past holiday seasons. We want to make sure you are taking time to consider what they mean and how you should manage them instead of ignoring, suppressing, or praying they just simply go away. We need emotions and are created to have them...
Like the dashboard on a car, our emotions are indicators, which tell us something about how we are operating and what we might need. How fast or how slow we are going in the wrong or right direction or perhaps there are holes in our tires and they need to replaced or patched. Our brain and our body has a dashboard with dials and gadgets and lights and needles to let us know what is going on internally. We must pay attention to our dashboard.
Indicators or feelings are not good or bad, but are pleasant and unpleasant. Again, we need to pay attention and do our best to understand why and how these emotions arise and how best to handle them when they do in order to have our engine running the best it can run. Being your own best version is managing your emotions and being clued in to when, why and how they are happening. We have the dashboard and we just need to watch the indicators.
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Lean into your emotions: Jesus did and so can you.
Mark 15:34 The Message (MSG)
33-34At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At three o'clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
John 11:35 The Message (MSG)
34-35"Master, come and see," they said. Now Jesus wept.
Luke 22:44 The Message (MSG)
41-44He pulled away from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, "Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?" At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.
Luke 24:25 The Message (MSG)
25-27Then he said to them, "So thick-headed! So slow-hearted! Why can't you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don't you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?" Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him
Mark 9:19 The Message (MSG)
19-20Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here." They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth.
The Message (MSG)
18-19Jesus said, "Are you being willfully stupid? Don't you see that what you swallow can't contaminate you? It doesn't enter your heart but your stomach, works its way through the intestines, and is finally flushed." (That took care of dietary quibbling; Jesus was saying that all foods are fit to eat.)